On the same day the SMH revealed Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon was going to earn $8m during the privatisation process, two Qantas Flight Catering employees in Brisbane were suspended and threatened with dismissal for eating an ice-cream.

What’s going on at The Courier Mail? A mass exodus of staff, that’s what. Since the arrival of editor David Fagan, the following staff have run for the door:

Michael McKinnon, Paul Whittaker, Tony Koch, Rory Callinan, Sean Parnell, Hedley Thomas, Michael McKenna, Andrew Perrin, David Murray, Graham Lloyd, Cath Hart, Scott Murdoch, Ryan Heffernan, Matthew Franklin, Malcolm Cole, Michael Corkill, Mike Cole, Joel Dulroy, Richard Owen, Rosemary Sorenson and Paula Doneman. Resigned but serving out notice: Sandra McLean and Mick Daly.

My daughter works as a retail assistant (casual) at Myer Melbourne and at present staffing practices are causing nightmares to all remaining floor staff. Most days she finds herself entirely alone or with only one other staff member in a whole department and no reliefs are provided during breaks. Customers wishing to complain used to be directed to where they could obtain a complaints form. Now the staff themselves have had the forms copied, keep bundles by their registers and are only too glad to hand them to customers.

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