Staff at Fairfax Business Media, which includes BRW, Personal Investor and Shares magazines and three other niche publications, today went on an indefinite strike because of the company’s decision to merge Investor and Shares and move the production of all the mags to Sydney.

This will result in the net transfer of about 12 jobs. Staff are furious that the company failed to consult staff about the merger and shift of production and have taken indefinite action. Staff are also angry that they will be moved under the Australian Financial Review banner and have questioned what role staff are playing in an apparent re-organisation of the company. BRW in Sydney will also move from the BTT tower to Darling Park raising doubts about the future independence of the BRW title.

The MEAA reminds staff about its “normal work policy.” This specifies that other alliance members to those on strike at BRW will not handle work if it is designed to cover the work of people on strike.

Peter Fray

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