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AMWU demands Fairfax explain redundancy details

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) has passed a resolution calling on Fairfax management to meet the union and employees within the next week.

The printing employees suspended work for two hours yesterday, and protested outside the company’s Melbourne office against the management’s lack of communication with the employees about their future.

It is over three months since Fairfax announced that it would close its printing facilities at Tullamarine in Melbourne and Chullora in Sydney, the ABC news reports.

Fairfax has announced that about 1,900 jobs across all their operations would go, but as many as 300 workers at those printing plants said they were unaware of when and how the redundancies will be carried out.

AMWU’s assistant secretary of the Victorian branch Leigh Diehm said the company has refused to talk to workers.

Diehm stated that "Fairfax have basically, over a period of months now, just attended meetings to tick a box and say, "we've consulted".

He went on to say that “the picture is still no clearer from the day that they made the announcement in regards to these 1,900 jobs as to where these 1,900 jobs are actually going from.”

"We've got members that are wondering where their future lies, what their future holds. And for Fairfax just purely to come," explained Diehm.

AMWU state secretary Steve Dargavel said Fairfax's existing offer was ridiculous.

"It's one thing to announce everybody is going to lose their jobs, it's another thing to work through with the workforce when and how that is going to occur," Dargavel said.

Fairfax management will meet with the union next Monday.

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