Monday, May 28th, 2018 #MEAAEquity
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Performers accrue four weeks of annual leave each year, starting from day one of their employment. Performers may apply for annual leave at any time, and an employer can only refuse a request if the refusal is reasonable.

What is reasonable will depend on various factors including the needs of the business and the employee’s circumstances. Below is the Performers Collective Agreement clause relating to reasonable refusal of annual leave.

34.8.2 A sufficient number of employees must be available for the production to be presented as scheduled and to cover contingencies where employees are unavailable due to illness or injury. It will be reasonable for an employer to refuse such a request in circumstances including, but not limited to, the following:
a) The employee's cover has been granted annual leave during the relevant period.
b) The performer who the Employee covers has been granted annual leave during the relevant period.
c) A number of other employees have been granted annual leave during the relevant period.

Producers may send performers on annual leave in very limited circumstance after six months of employment. After a year of employment, producers may direct employees to take annual leave at any time with reasonable notice.

If your leave request is refused and you believe the decision is unreasonable according to the above descriptions please speak with your Deputies or your Equity Organiser.

What do you want to say?

Here are some suggestions about the kinds of things you might want to include in your submission:
  • What is the media like where you live? How much diversity/concentration of media is there in your area? How important to you is media diversity and having a wide range of voices and opinions? Will the takeover reduce competition/diversity in the Australian media sector?
  • What Fairfax and Nine publications and programs do you consume? What attracted you to them in the first place, and what do they mean to you/your family/household? What will be the impact of the takeover on the choice and range of media you consume?
  • How distinct is Fairfax journalism – what makes it different?  Describe a story or stories published by Fairfax over the years which have made a difference to you/had an impact on you/changed the way you think? What would your life/community be like without the journalism that Fairfax produces?
  • Who are the Fairfax journalists you always read/trust?
  • How important is fearless, independent journalism? What will be the impact of the takeover on investigative journalism and does it increase the risk of that independence being compromised by the commercial interests of the proprietor or its advertisers?
  • What else do you think the ACCC should consider when ruling on this takeover, and what would you like the ACCC to do?
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