Fairfax Media journalists have voted to suspend industrial action and accept a two per cent pay rise offered by the company for the next two years.
The move is part of a new enterprise bargaining agreement for editorial staff at the company’s metropolitan daily mastheads across Australia.
At stop-work meetings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle and Wollongong, members of the journalists’ union, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, voted to suspend the strike while negotiations continue on other areas of the enterprise agreement.
The vote scuttles a previous offer by Fairfax management which would have seen pay increases awarded by managers based on merit and some entitlements reduced.
The MEAA delivered a strong condemnation of pay increases to Fairfax management in a statement after the meetings.
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