Fairfax staff on 24-hour strike

STAFF at three of Australia's major metropolitan newspapers went on a snap 24-hour strike on today after reports Fairfax Media wanted to sack up to 80 workers.

The cuts reported on Wednesday were understood to include at least 30 full-time staff, including photographers and sub-editors in Sydney and Melbourne.

Photography would be outsourced to Getty Images, with the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age to retain only five photographers each.

Staff at the Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review were understood to be on strike as of late this afternoon.

Job cuts would go ahead in December this year, if a round of voluntary redundancies does not achieve company targets.