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  • Jezreel Casas



Employees at one of Australia’s largest radio and television companies are looking for union support in their pursuit of better wage and working conditions. CPSU’s ABC section secretary, Sinddy Ealy, said the staff at ABC are “sick and tired of management crying poor and expecting staff to make financial sacrifices to benefit the growth of the [company], just because it is the ABC”.

Sinddy declares that “If the ABC cannot pay staff wages that keep up with the cost of living, then that is a problem they should be raising with the federal Government”.

Last year, many ABC employees rejected an offer of nine per cent pay rise over the next three years, which also includes a one-off payment of $750. Sinddy also added that the solution to the fair work issue is not to turn around and ask staff to accept sub-inflation pay rises that leaves them and their families struggling to live in the current cost of living high.

The ABC employees have pushed for an annual 6 per cent pay rise instead, and the agreement of better career progression and more flexible working hours.

After Covid in particular, many organisations have offered flexible working hours which include working from home, working from interstate and giving their employees the option to work on a public holiday and switch their leave days to align with employee’s beliefs and values.

In the 2022 Federal Budget, ABC received $83.7 million over four years, restoring its loss of funding.

Mumbrella has reached out to ABC for comments regarding their staff treatment.


Consumer Confidence increased by 9.6pts to 83.4 this week, though it is still lower by 16.5 pts compared to the same week a year ago, February 6/2, 2022 (99.9).

This week, the people who believe it is a good time to invest in a major household item lifted 5 points to -28%, with 25% (up 1ppt) of New Zealanders saying now is a ‘good time to buy’ a major household item compared to 53% (down 4ppts) saying now is a ‘bad time to buy’.

While confidence rose, it remains very low, and the softening labour market could see the long-running disconnect between consumers’ stated intentions and their actual spending decisions close.

This week inflation expectations were little changed, staying at 5.3%. Perceptions of current personal financial situations rose 3 points to -20%. Perceptions regarding the economic outlook in 12 months’ time rose 14 points to -40%. Despite this small raise, people still remain pessimistic over the economic conditions over the next 12 months, with the majority of people expecting ‘Bad Times’ over ‘Good Times’.

Overall, regardless of this week’s positive spike, consumer confidence remains low across the board. As inflation increases, consumer spending will likely tighten up over the coming months and into the future.


Nine Network took out the week, which all started with the Australian Open Men’s Final on Sunday 29th January. The match accumulated 1.32 million metro viewers, however, was down on 2022’s figure of 1.61m. It was a thrilling final with most support going to the underdog Stefanos Tsitsipas who was trying his luck against now ten-time Australian Open Champion Novak Djokovic. Following the Men’s Final was the return of drama-fueled Married at First Sight which launched to 839,000 viewers and topped the entertainment for the week. The Australian Survivor and Australian Idol battled it out from there. Australian Survivor gained 447,000 viewers as their biggest night of the week, following Australian Idol’s 434,000.

Seven News continues its run at 864,000 while the Big Bash Final finished with 502,000.

Channel Nine came through with 33.7% of the nation’s audience, followed by Seven (26.4%), ABC (16.2%), Ten (15.2%) and SBS (8.4%).

Nine won the demos 16-39 and 18-49. The network also won from Sunday to Thursday. Seven claimed Friday and Saturday.


In the week up to the 5th of February 2022, 1,093.2 million minutes of BVOD content was consumed, reaching 6.4 million people nationally.

The Top 10 programs consisted of 3 programs – Married at First Sight, Australian Survivor and Home & Away. Network Nine was dominant in the top 5 programs, taking four out of the five spots. Preceding Nine was Ten programming with Australian Survivor. The number one Married at First Sight spot drew an audience of 456K while second and third drew in 444K and 413K respectively. In this particular week BVOD was skewing to the female demographic of 25-29, with adult females holding a greater percentage SOV compared to males.


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