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.