Next Printing staff working three days per week through COVID-19 crisis

The staff at Sydney exhibition and signage print specialist Next Printing have agreed to work three days per week during the COVID-19 crisis in a bid to help keep the business alive during the coming months.

Next Printing managing director Romeo Sanuri told Sprinter that he consulted with staff last Monday and made the suggestion and was pleased when it was agreed to wholeheartedly by the 20 staff working at Next Printing.

“It would be great to have a crystal ball but I think everyone is in the same boat,” Sanuri told Sprinter.

“For us we thought about this situation last week and I spoke to every one of our employees and said this is going to be a tough time and we asked for their understanding to work three days a week so that was last Monday and everyone worked together and was happy to adopt this.”

Sanuri said workload has dropped off with the exception of a few jobs coming through here and there.

“We are glad we planned it ahead of time otherwise we would otherwise if we started planning this week there is not as much certainty,” he said.

As for the federal government small business stimulus that has so far been offered, Sanuri said he and his accountant were still working out which measures to make the use of.

“We are still checking what we can make use of from the government stimulus and we are talking to our accountant but I think a lot of the information is still being formulated. At this stage we are just making sure our team is okay,” he said.

“It is more important what is happening with out people. If we don’t have them then the business has nothing. So today we have talked about accessing superannuation and whether that needs to happen if we are locked down for two months. We have thought about that part more than anything else.

“We just need to work out a way to survive the next six months so everyone has a job to come back to.”

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