Cirque du Soleil is temporarily laying off 95% of its employees, for a total of 4,679 workers.
C ette decision was made due to the pandemic Covid-19, which forced the circus to cancel all his shows around the world.
The cuts take effect immediately, the organization said, adding that the decision was “extremely difficult” but “necessary to stabilize the business for the future”.
“Due to the health crisis, the cities and countries where the company operates have unanimously decreed the closure of public gathering places hosting more than 250 people. The Cirque du Soleil Group was therefore forced to follow the recommendations of the government authorities and consequently to proceed with an unprecedented interruption of activities, ”said the press release.
When the crisis started, the Cirque du Soleil Group had 44 productions.
“This is the most trying day in the history of the Cirque du Soleil Group. We are deeply saddened by the “drastic” measures taken today, as these temporary layoffs affect many dedicated, hard-working people. Unfortunately, this decision is our only solution when we are forced to position ourselves to weather this storm and prepare for possible reopenings, ”said President and Chief Executive Officer of Cirque du Soleil Group, Daniel Lamarre.
Cirque indicates that certain measures have been put in place to provide support to employees who have been temporarily laid off, in particular the payment of the remaining vacation days in the employee’s file, the maintenance of insurance coverage for the temporary layoff period and access to the employee assistance program.
A core support team will continue to work within the company to maintain core business, continue tour planning and ticket sales for our shows later this year and in 2021, as well as prepare the recall of personnel as soon as production can resume.