Former Sydney Morning Herald editor Judith Whelan, who joined senior positions when she took over as regional and local director in October 2018 before being permanently appointed in July, received $284,214. The spokesperson stated that the CBA`s approach was consistent with a clause in the enterprise agreement that states: “… The other provisions of this agreement, which may apply to part-time workers, apply on a pro-rata basis… ». A spokesman for SENDERs ABC said the increase in executive pay from 2017-18 to 2018-19 was mainly due to the cost of layoffs. A disagreement over ABC`s redundancy applications led MEAA to file a dispute with Fair Work. Credit: Steven Siewert The ABC bill for executive payments soared from $3.6 million in 2018 to $6 million this year after a $1.64 million payment to fired CEO Michelle Guthrie and a nearly $1 million golden handshake to experienced radio director Michael Mason this year. “Based on [the redundancy provisions in Section 54 of the Abc Enterprise Agreement], I don`t think the CBA has the right to reduce a worker`s redundancy rights by referring to previous periods of part-time work,” Bornstein said. “Workers are generally entitled to redundancy pay on the basis of their wages at the time of termination.” The CBA`s current enterprise agreement stipulates that retired workers are entitled to the equivalent of four weeks` pay for each of their first five years of service, and then three weeks` pay for each subsequent year – capped at a maximum of 24 years. The CBA proposes competitive salaries, which are reviewed annually as part of the relevant ABC enterprise agreements. Most employees are covered by the ABC 2019-2022 enterprise agreement.
Here`s the significant executive compensation – a total of $6.1 million compared to $3.6 million last year. CBA`s payroll for management and board of directors for the year to June 2019 was $3,433,557, up from $3,211,809 in 2018, according to the 2018-19 management report. “The CBA reiterates its apologies for the underpayment of casuals,” the spokesperson said. “The CBA recently renegotiated its enterprise agreement with the workers, the KPdSU [Community and Public Sector Union] and the MEAA, with an emphasis on the redundancy clause, and no issues were raised during these abc methodology negotiations. Several sources, including some high-level journalists, have rejected proposals for the CBA to weaken its commitment to emergency programming or local arts coverage. “Management has made all the right noises to support rural coverage, emergency transmission, gender and racial diversity, podcasting and the arts,” said one contributor. “But they create jobs for people in leadership positions in these fields, most of whom are women with a lot of experience.” Among those who have left or are about to leave are U.S. bureau chief Zoe Daniel, head of planning for ABC Regional and Local Andrea Ho, The World Today host Eleanor Hall, senior Melbourne reporter Karen Percy, The Signal Podcast Executive Producer Elizabeth Jackson and podcasting leader Kellie Riordan. Others, including national art and culture journalist Michaela Boland and national and regional journalist Dominique Schwartz, have abolished their positions, but sources say they could be redistributed.
Michael Lallo is a senior Culture Writer with The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. After the termination fees and post-work benefits for CBA executives and the board of directors were added, it was pushed back to $6,061.41. A disagreement over ABC`s dismissal requests – which employees and unions say could put female workers at the greatest disadvantage – prompted the Media, Entertainment and Art Alliance to file a dispute with the Fair Work Commission. And here is executive compensation, followed by dozens of employees with salaries of 220K to 570K per PA.