New Zealand Labour Party

Fairfax can’t use restructure to cut terms and conditions

The restructure and upheavals at Fairfax should not be used as an opportunity to cut journalists’ terms and conditions, Labour spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Businesses have to adapt to new technologies and consumer demands and there is no doubt that media and journalism have been impacted by massive and rapidly accelerating change in recent years.

“Any re-structuring must focus on continuing to produce high-quality journalism and must not be used to cut pay and conditions for journalists who already face greater demands to produce a high volume of content with fewer resources.

“Labour hopes that Fairfax staff will be well supported through this difficult time and that they can continue to perform their important function as the fourth estate of New Zealand’s democracy,” Iain Lees-Galloway says.