Hoping to come back
CWA Canada, the body that represents unionized workers at SaltWire Network, announced on Twitter the temporary layoffs, cuts to staff pay and hours, and the temporary closure of many of the publications.
Willy Palov, president of the Halifax Typographical Union, a local of CWA Canada, said he is among the staff who were laid off.
"The hope of the company's is all of us will come back, but of course no one can really project how long the coronavirus is going to be active or when it's going to be under control," Palov said.
CBC workers are also represented by CWA Canada through the Canadian Media Guild.
'Pain going all the way around for everybody'
Palov said the workers are like a lot of employees facing layoffs in light of the virus — they're just trying to wait it out. He said the remaining staff are going to have their hours and wages reduced by 20 per cent if they make above a certain salary.
"So there's pain going all the way around for everybody here," he said.
Palov said anybody who is at home trying to keep tabs on what is going on in the world should have a better appreciation for good news reporting and accurate information.
"Maybe it's a good reminder that people should subscribe to a newspaper or an online news service, not just to keep us employed but also as a reminder that real accurate information and facts are important right now," he said.
SaltWire Network said it hopes to be able to return to normal operations as soon as possible, but is "planning for these changes to be maintained" until approximately June 15.
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