David at Fairfax strike 2The Greens NSW today expressed their support for Fairfax staff who are on strike until Monday following management’s decision to cut the equivalent of 120 full-time jobs.

The losses will be felt in the Sydney and Melbourne newsrooms in the areas of News and Business.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge and Industrial Relations spokesperson said:

“This is a devastating blow for Fairfax employees and for the people of NSW.

“These journalists and editorial staff work tirelessly to provide high-quality print and online content.

“The loss of 120 jobs from Fairfax will inevitably damage the quality and accuracy of stories.

“Repeated budget cuts are eroding the reputation of the Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax publications.

“Reduced story output will also undermine the public’s ability to hold politicians to account.

“Diversity in the Australian media landscape is under significant threat.

“No media outlet is perfect, but Australian democracy will obviously suffer if the only major source of metropolitan and regional news ends up coming from Newscorp.

“There is no doubt that the media landscape is changing, but journalists and editorial staff are key to the future of the fourth estate.

“Journalists and editorial staff should not be seen as optional extras for a media company.

“The Greens stand in solidarity with the Fairfax workforce as they fight this latest round of cuts,” Mr Shoebridge said.