Since India is suffering a lot of huge losses due to this pandemic of COVID-19, Many industries, food startup faced a loss, as well as many employees have lost their jobs; poor peoples’ who were working as labours in many industries have been left empty-handed. Covid-19 has not only been impacted these industries and it has been affecting the print media also as people became cautious to buy newspapers.
The Big Media giant, The Times of India and the Economic Times, which runs 45 dailies and periodicals, including series of websites, and a bouquet of TV and radio channels, has cut staff salaries and deferred increments of its employees. At least 18 employees of Times Group told that their human resources managers were being secretive about the layoffs. They didn’t provide any information regarding the layoffs of the employees from the organization.
At least 2 employees at three bureaus in Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Vijayawada — have been asked to resign. ‘Ei Samay’, a Bengali daily of the Times Group, has asked their nine employees to resign. In Kerala, the Times of India has four bureaus, two of which are set to close. The newspaper has also closed editions circulated in nine districts of Kerala and laid off 13 journalists in the state. At least three staffers of Times Life, a Sunday supplement produced by TOI, were asked to leave in April.
All these employees were to be said that by their HR manager that “these are tough times due to this pandemic we have suffered a huge loss in the printing media right in this situation which has become a tough situation or us to pay you right now by this statement they have been layoffs from their job”, said a reporter who was sacked. Also the reporter, who was with a bureau in South India, was given a day to resign, regards to which she said, “I was not knowing the fact that I have been laid off from my job it was been secretly done”.
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A team leader at a bureau in eastern India who had worked at the Times of India for eight years resigned last week after he was asked by the top management to identify one member of his team “who can be laid off”. “I was told the decision had to be taken because these were tough times,” said the employee. “I refused. Many in my team are the sole breadwinners of their families and I couldn’t just ask them to leave. So, I decided to resign.”
An employee’s who was working with the HR team of The Economics Times said that. “I was the first one to be contacted and the HR team wasn’t very transparent with me about if I were the only one being asked to leave. We will be getting no salary for the month of May and will be serving our notice period in June.” The employee added, “The Company waited to announce a pay cut and within six days of getting a heavily reduced paycheck, we were thrown out.”
But since April the news length of The Times Of India, Hindustan Times, and many more newspapers were been shortened their pages due to extreme loss; now the newspaper comes only within 5-6 pages in it Lengths of reports seem to have been shortened and several sections, like Sports, are now only allotted half a page in the newspaper.
On the other hand, a journalist of ‘Ei Samay’ was asked to resign by the HR department in mid-May after eight years of service. He was put out the door along with eight other staffers, some of whom worked for ‘Onno Samay’, an entertainment supplement with the same newspaper. Still there is no clarity about the employees to be fired from the organization there may be many more on the cards to be fired from the firm.