Atlantic Canada’s biggest paper chain, Halifax-based SaltWire Network, has reported it will lay off 109 individuals forever.
Those representatives were among the 240 individuals laid off in March, in the midst of the loss of publicizing income because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an organization representative said in an email to CBC News. At the time the organization said the cutbacks were transitory, for as long as 12 weeks.
Of the 109 individuals laid off Tuesday, 61 worked in Nova Scotia, 25 in Newfoundland and Labrador, and 23 on P.E.I., as per the email. Representatives from all zones of the organization have been influenced.
Authorities with the organization said it is proceeding to give medical advantages to each one of those affected just as compensation continuation for those with longer help.
SaltWire “has witnessed the devastating impact of COVID-19 on advertising sales with ad cancellations costing millions to date without expected improvement in the coming months,” the email said.
“The staff notified today have contributed to SaltWire’s mission to provoke thought and action for the betterment of our communities in innumerable ways and they will be greatly missed.”
In spite of the organization’s declaration, the email said various individuals stay on an impermanent cutback as it keeps on arranging the reintroduction of distributions and administrations because of market request.
In March, the organization reported it would sanction a diminished work week for the rest of the staff “procuring over a specific sum.”
Week after week distributions across Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador were suspended, and just four day by day papers — the Chronicle Herald, Cape Breton Post, Charlottetown Guardian and the St. John’s Telegram — kept being created.
Around then, SaltWire likewise said it would consolidate the Guardian and Journal Pioneer papers into one distribution and that all endorsers across P.E.I. would get the Guardian.
SaltWire Network works 35 weeklies and dailies in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I. what’s more, New Brunswick.