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Reach publishing puts fifth of staff on furlough and cuts pay by 10 per cent

A MAJOR newspaper publisher announced plans today to put a fifth of staff on furlough and cut the pay of the remaining employees by 10 per cent.

Reach plc, which has about 4,700 staff and publishes the Daily Mirror, Daily Star and Daily Express, said that advertising, circulation and events had been affected by Covid-19.

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) general secretary Michelle Stanistreet called the decision another blow to journalists struggling to “cover the biggest story in generations.”

She said: “As a union, we will be taking extensive feedback from our members and chapels in the coming days and weeks to make sure whatever is asked of them is fair and proportionate. 

“We have been given assurances that the company regards these as temporary measures, and it is important that this is monitored closely to make sure the situation returns to normality as soon as possible.”

The NUJ is in discussions with Reach on the provisions and how management seeks to apply them. 

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