Late Tuesday night, CNBC reports that Disney will cut 28,000 positions. According to the entertainment giant, this is happening as a result of the coronavirus and the coronavirus measures.
“We simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while staying open to such a limited extent,” says Disney.
According to the news channel, 67 percent of those who lose their jobs are employed in temporary positions. The cuts take place in, among other places, their parks, as well as in their product departments. ABC News writes that the cuts are happening at the parks in the states of Florida and California.
Disney has laid off many of its workers since April, and has paid health care for them during the period. Now the company says that this is no longer possible to do.
– The last couple of months, our management team has worked hard to avoid removing anyone from the company. We have cut expenses, stopped projects, laid off actors, who have continued to receive health benefits, and changed our operations to be run as efficiently as possible, writes Disney park and product manager Josh D’Amaro in a letter.
He describes today’s message as “heartbreaking”.
– But it is the only proper solution we have seen in light of the lasting effect Covid-19 has on our operations.