England rugby laying off 139 staff

England rugby laying off 139 staff

Monday, July 06, 2020

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) — England rugby will lay off 139 positions because it expects to lose 107 million pounds (US$134 million) in revenue in the short term.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) will begin consulting with staff before announcing the redundancies at the end of August, chief executive Bill Sweeney said on Monday.

“To ensure we have a sustainable RFU we have announced to colleagues that it is proposed that the total number of roles across the organisation will reduce by 139,” he wrote on the union website.

“We have already made some significant cost savings. We furloughed 60 per cent of our organisation; implemented a three-month pay reduction which has been extended for some; introduced pension pauses; and refined business planning and introduced stadium and office running efficiencies to reduce costs.

“Unfortunately, this is not enough to run a sustainable operation and safeguard our future.”

Sweeney predicts it will take five years for the RFU to recover, and the union will lose 20 per cent of its normal revenue over that period.


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