Digital journalists to get same rights as newspaper staff

Journalists working for digital publications will be entitled to penalty rates, overtime and benefits under a Fair Work Commission ruling granting them the same rights as those working for print publications.

The full bench of the Fair Work Commission has decided to give digital media workers access to the Journalists Published Media Award that covers staff at newspapers and magazines.

Staff at The Sydney Morning Herald newsroom in 2014.Credit:Helen Nezdropa

Journalists’ union The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) said the decision, that took four years to win, means digital journalists doing the same job as those working for newspapers and magazines will no longer be denied access to the same Award.

The Award provides minimum standards for their wages, penalty rates, overtime and other employment conditions.


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