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Urgent: Industrial action at The Age

Mark Fletcher
May 7th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Here is a message VANA has asked me to publish:

VANA has been informed this afternoon of an Industrial dispute at The Age (Wednesday 7th May).

Fairfax Media Management has informed VANA of the following:

Fairfax have enacted their contingency plans and are taking every step possible to minimize disruption to newsagents and deliver as close to on time as possible. Call The Age Circulation info line on 13 23 01 for updates during the night.

Newsagents need to inform early morning staff of the possible disruption to tomorrow mornings production and distribution, and take appropriate action where required.

The VANA Team

The Guardian has a report on the strike and a threat from Fairfax to those of strike.

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  • 1 CRaigL // May 7, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Great…. Thanks for the advice

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  • 2 Mark Fletcher // May 7, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Thanks to VANA for sharing.

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  • 3 Dean // May 13, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    We have been advised to expect the Age 2 1/2 hours late tomorrow due to the budget. This advice is not from the Age themselves, so we are not able to rely on it, but experience tells us it likely to be accurate.

    Tomorrow if the Age is on time I expect to make about $125 gross profit. If they come after 5am then I get paid a late fee of about $60. I am expecting to receive them about 4.30am, so the late is not likely to be payable.

    If the Age arrives at 4.30am, then the cost to us in extra wages would be about 6 hours, so about $180. That means I would lose $60 if I elected to deliver the Age. Even if we received the late fee I would only break even, why would I want to work for free.

    Guess I am getting a lot of unhappy Age customers calls tomorrow when they don’t get their paper.

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