NSWRU employ stand down period to combat COVID-19 effects

· Super Rugby
by Waratahs Media

NSW Rugby has made the decision to stand down a significant portion of its workforce, as a result of the operational and financial pressures of COVID-19.

In partnership with fellow State Unions and Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby has taken this proactive measure to minimise any current or lasting financial damage in the current climate.

The new workplace management strategy aims to ensure there will be a viable business when the crisis recedes, and a workforce that will be available to assist when professional and community rugby resumes.

NSW Rugby CEO, Paul Doorn said that this difficult decision was made with the view of weathering an unprecedented storm.

“As has recently been seen across the sporting industry, workforce management is a key strategy to survival,” Doorn said.

“NSW Rugby face some significant financial pressures as a result of COVID-19 and we’ve made the regrettable decision to stand down many of our valued employees.

“All areas of our business have been effected including broadcast, sponsorship, ticketing, membership and all of our community competitions – we’ve had to adjust accordingly.

“Times like these create a need for pragmatism and unfortunately our hand was forced in this instance, we have a wonderful workforce passionate about our game and committed to growing rugby in New South Wales.

“We’ll continue working with a small team at NSW Rugby, as we focused on keeping our game connected during this difficult time.

“Our immediate focus is to ensure our effected employees get the support they need throughout this period, with flexible access to existing leave as well as the ability for employees to take leave in advance.

“In addition, we’ll also be looking at various ways to ensure our financial sustainability in these uncertain times.”

NSW Rugby’s new workplace management strategy commenced on Wednesday 1 April, with the situation to be reviewed in an ongoing capacity.