Jun 2, 2014

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Fairfax lightens redundancy numbers. Fairfax Media has, following consultations with staff, reduced the number of photographers it plans to make redundant across its Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra newsrooms. From 30 redundancies from a photographers pool of 40, it’s now 22 who will lose their jobs. However, Crikey understands, Fairfax intends to plough ahead with its plan to sign a contract to outsource much of its photographic work to Getty Images.

The redundancy round opens today, and from 25 full-time redundancies, the company now expects to make 17, managing director of Australian Publishing Media Allen Williams wrote in an email to staff today. The house committees of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald will meet later today to decide on their response to the emails. Meanwhile, a petition to retain photography at the company started by Fairfax photographer Brendan Esposito has garnered 11,400 supporters. — Myriam Robin

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