Aug 19, 2011

Fairfax to down keyboards… Don (Churchill)’s Party … new NotW arrest …

In today's Media Briefs: Fairfax to strike ... Don (Churchill)'s Party ... Bravehearts do the white thing ... Baillieu govt freezes FReeZa ... Guardian loses fight for web readers even after taking out Murdoch tabloid ... and more ...

Fairfax to walk off. Fairfax metro staff will down keyboards next Tuesday as anger over the company's below inflation pay offer -- that fails to allow for compulsory arbitration -- reaches boiling point. Here's the text of a bulletin distributed by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance yesterday revealing Metro CEO Jack Matthews missed his deadline to respond to members' annoyances over his low-ball offer. Fair Work Australia has also extended the period of protected industrial action for another month, raising the prospect of rolling strike action at the company's bolshy Media House HQ:
Fairfax management today failed to meet a deadline to respond to members on the threshold issue of arbitration. The company has also failed to authorise a stop work meeting scheduled for today at 4pm. At stop work meetings last week Alliance members gave the company seven days to respond on the issue of arbitration, and members voted to meet today in national stop work meetings to discuss this. Management this morning requested an extension to the response deadline until COB tomorrow. In light of this latest move, which the National Campaign Committee views as a delaying tactic, the NCC authorised the Alliance to notify the company that a stop work meeting will be held at 4pm on Tuesday, August 23. The company’s refusal to authorise today’s meeting puts us in a difficult position. Under the terms of the Fair Work Act, we are required to give three days’ notice before holding an unauthorised but legally-protected stop work meeting. Given that members fought so hard to access their right to take legally-protected industrial action, your NCC feels that it would be unwise to take unprotected action at this stage. As such, the NCC has authorised the Alliance to advise the company in writing of our Tuesday meeting and give them the option of authorising it. If they do not, the letter will function as our three days’ notice that we are taking protected industrial action.
A stop work meeting next Tuesday will occur regardless of whether it is authorised, as it will be protected by law. If further industrial action is required members will need to authorise this. Protection period extended Today Fair Work Australia extended our 30 day period in which to take protected industrial action. We now have another 30 days in which to access our rights should it become necessary.
-- Andrew Crook Don (Churchill)'s Party. Veteran Age publishing chief Don Churchill is on his way out the door and he's having a shindig to celebrate. But if the invite below is any indication, it seems the paper's cartoonists have refused to rise to the occasion, with a "Don's Party" motif employed instead.

The east end of level 4 of Fairfax's Media House has been designated "Don's Bar" "to send him off in good cheer", with the drinkies doubling as a farewell for HR Director Gary Seppings. "Please do not forward or distribute this email" the invite pleads. -- Andrew Crook Bravehearts do the white thing. With quite a few illustration fans still p-ssed off at outspoken child abuse campaigner Hetty Johnston for her part in the cancellation of Robert Crumb's tour of Oz, the spotlight is starting to shine a bit brighter on Johnston's own activities. Crumb decided to stay put in France after an article appeared in the Sunday Telegraph with a dial-a-quote from Johnston slamming Crumb for his "crude and perverted images emanating from what is clearly a sick mind." But now social workers are up in arms over her latest Bravehearts White Balloon Day promotion which urges supporters to "Do the 'White Thing!'". Some reckon it implies white people do not abuse their children. Or perhaps Bravehearts is just colour blind to the inference. -- Andrew Crook Front Page of the Day. Canada's The Province newspaper's contemptuous front page on the ongoing Stanley Cup riot inquiry.

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