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Nurses and midwives stand in solidarity with Fairfax journalists

ANMF (Vic Branch) stands in solidarity with Fairfax journalists, photographers, sub-editors and editorial staff taking unprotected industrial action for seven days to protect not only their jobs, but to save a beloved institution in Australian media that matters to us all.

We encourage all ANMF members not to buy, click or share Fairfax news during this strike.

Independent, fearless and quality journalism has been an essential part of nurses’ and midwives’ campaigns to protect and improve patient care over the past three decades.

ANMF is dismayed by Fairfax management’s announcement yesterday to cut 125 full-time positions or 25 per cent of its journalist and editorial jobs.

ANMF (Vic Branch) understands journalism and the media industry is navigating a major period of transition and once successful publishing business models are no longer relevant. We urge Fairfax management to resist the urge to make savings by cutting jobs and instead be leaders in journalism and publishing in a digital world and revive the company’s reputation for quality reporting.

Fairfax and the community will both lose if management cuts its already skeleton editorial staff and relies heavily on syndicated stories and casuals, who are receiving unfair capped payments. The community will be poorer for the loss of in-depth subject knowledge and reporting on the stories that matter to Australians, including those that matter to us – nursing, midwifery, aged care, workplace relations and social justice.

ANMF members are encouraged to participate in the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance email campaign calling on Fairfax Media chief executive officer Greg Hywood to stop the cuts and grow a sustainable digital media business that invests in good journalism.