SCA rolls out pay cuts and enforced leave

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has brought in a range of new measures as it struggles to find a way through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

For a six-month period, SCA staffers will take pay cuts and be required to take no less than 10 days of leave.

SCA CEO Grant Blackley said the measures were required for the business to survive

From 1 April, 2020, all SCA staffers earning a base remuneration of $68,000 or above will have their pay reduced by 10%. This will not impact SCA employees paid on an award-based wage and no employee will work overtime during this period.

SCA’s on-air talent have offered their assistance and reduced their fees and contracts by 10%.

Between now and 30 June, 2020 all employees will be required to take no less than 10 days’ leave. Employees with significant annual or long service leave balances have been asked to utilise as much leave as possible over the next six months.

There will be no executive incentives paid during the 2020 financial year and recruitment will cease immediately.

SCA CEO Grant Blackley said the measures are in place to help the business survive.

SCA has paused recruitment activities 

“We have taken these measures swiftly to protect the long-term health of our business and our people. We are endeavouring to ensure our people’s jobs remain for as long as possible during this unprecedented situation we all find ourselves in,” said Blackley.

“These measures will impact all of us and I would like to thank and acknowledge our incredible staff for their support and commitment to our business.”

SCA entered a voluntary suspension today after a trading halt earlier in the week.


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