2UE Host Fired From Newspaper Column After Honoring Strike
August 29, 2008 at 5:26 AM (PT)
FAIRFAX Talk 2UE/SYDNEY morning host MIKE CARLTON has been fired by the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, where he has been writing a weekly column, for refusing to file his column during a strike. The paper, which is also owned by FAIRFAX, is being struck by the journalists' union until MONDAY in protest of a planned job cut losing 550 positions across the company.
MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS ALLIANCE Federal Secretary CHRIS WARREN told ABC RADIO that the union believes CARLTON's dismissal to be illegal, saying, "It's more than just an unfortunate instance when you dismiss someone for taking part in strike action - it's illegal to dismiss people for taking part in strike action."
The paper says that CARLTON writes his SATURDAY column as an independent contractor and did not have to cross the picket line to file the column.