The Sunday Times turns off presses

One hundred printers lost their jobs after Perth newspaper The Sunday Times ditched its old presses and moved its production further up state following its sale to Seven West Media.

The paper officially switched off its presses in Canning Vale over the weekend, set to be printed at a new facility in Osborne Park.

Some 40 full-time and 60 part-time employees have been left jobless after the Canning Vale facility shut off the printers.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) warned of the redundancies likely to follow after News Corp sold The Sunday Times to Seven West Media, and has since condemned the ACCC for not putting a block on the sale.

“News consumers and workers are the big losers following the decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to allow Perth to effectively become a one-newspaper town,” the AMWU says.

“It’s deeply unfortunate that editorial content of newspaper market will be monopolised by decisions made at The West Australian, which is incredibly hostile to trade unions and workers’ rights.”

The last edition of The Sunday Times rolled out of the Canning Vale Perth Print location on Saturday night, with all future issues now produced at Osborne Park.

Several manroland Geoman presses and Ferag mailroom equipment were also decommissioned as part of the move.

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