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 …

The Hag is Tasmanian Times’ scurrilous gossip monger