29 Aug 2008

NZ journalists 'unlikely' to join Fairfax strike

10:23 am on 29 August 2008

A union for journalists at Fairfax newspapers in New Zealand says it is unlikely they will join their Australian counterparts in protesting against major redundancies.

The company has announced it plans to cut 160 jobs in New Zealand and more than 400 in Australia as it looks to cut costs.

Journalists at major Australian newspapers, including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review, have walked off the job until Monday.

But the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union says the strike action also relates to a breakdown in pay talks.

It says most EPMU members at Fairfax in New Zealand are covered by collective agreements that have not expired, which means they cannot strike.

Fairfax publishes nine newspapers in New Zealand, including The Dominion Post, the Sunday Star-Times and The Press. At present it employs 2500 people.