The parent company Gannett, based in the United States, has already asked its staff to take a “furlough” last month. Those 31,000 employees are expected to have their unpaid week off by the end of March.
The unpaid week is a way the company hopes to avoid layoffs in the States.
Newsquest has yet to be confirmed. Chief executive, Paul Davidson, is not in the office until the end of the week. At that time it is expected that the staff will be formally informed of the plan.
In December the company imposed a pay freeze and is not increasing salaries until April this year. Staff can expect that the pay freeze will be extended until 2010. The Cheshire division of the company has already received a memo saying there will be no salary reviews this year.