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Mercury sacks journos, employs editor’s wife

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First published October 17

The Mercury has announced it is cutting five more jobs – two through voluntary redundancies, and three forced (sacked).

The three forced redundancies include both the MEAA union reps in the newsroom.

These cutbacks follow other job losses by stealth during the past year, and industrial unrest in the newsroom after the new Editor introduced a new early shift without asking or telling the staff.

They only found out when their rosters were released, and the union was called in.

The two union reps who raised issues about the new roster have now been sacked.

Despite all these cutbacks the new Editor, Chris Jones, has managed to create one new job … for his wife, Tracy Renkin.

She is now a regular contributor in the Mercury’s TasWeekend magazine, as well as the Tasmanian Country and the Sunday Tasmanian …

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  1. Chris

    October 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

    “After that announcement, the bitchy editorial about new rules for journos in Parliament is somewhat ironic. Will the Mockery still have a journo to attend parliament?”

    Of course, how can one ban the ACTUAL government from parliament, Rupert would not like it!

    Good to see Rouse’s old employee still advocating Green Bans in the house!

  2. Simon Warriner

    October 18, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    After that announcement, the bitchy editorial about new rules for journos in Parliament is somewhat ironic. Will the Mockery still have a journo to attend parliament?

  3. Chris

    October 18, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Well, he and his wife will not benefit as I have not bought a copy of the Mockery, or any of the Hacker’s rags in about 15 years.

    Why would you? It’s like Erica Betz and rational thought!

  4. Mike

    October 17, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    “We’re for Ewe”

  5. max

    October 17, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Rupert Murdoch and his papers are the voice of Neoliberalism. The power of unions has been broken and now for the workers it is a slippery slope to the bottom.

    The major thrust of neoliberalism has been to safeguard the profits of big business. Neoliberal policy frameworks included privatisation, liberalisation and flexibilisation of labour, and drastic reductions in the welfare expenditure by the states etc in order to cut down on wages and other benefits of workers. The rights of the workers including their right to organisation and collective bargaining, and the living conditions of the common people and their democratic rights is under severe attack.

    Neoliberalism is Liberal’s operating platform, and Morrison and Murdoch are on the same page.

  6. Roz

    October 17, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Ads for unprotected sex. Nepotism. Union busting. Sleazy front pages. Is it The Mercury’s new editor’s job to run The Mercury into the ground? It certainly looks that way.

  7. Nigel Crisp

    October 17, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Brilliant digging, Hag.
    I was never intending to subscribe anyway, but can you name the wife for us ?

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