Maariv employees burned tires and chanted slogans outside the paper’s office building in Tel Aviv, on Tuesday, to protest work conditions.
Two thousand employees are set to be laid off as part of the company’s austerity measures. In addition, workers’ representatives reported that some employees did not receive August salaries.
Workers said they feared the company would default on their pension payments.
Meanwhile, plans for Makor Rishon owner Shlomo Ben-Tzvi to purchase Maariv hit a snag, after it was revealed that revenue projections for Maariv were 25 percent lower than had been previously estimated, leading Ben-Tzvi to attempt a renegotiation of the purchase agreement.
A Tuesday Haaretz article reported that Ben-Tzvi would seek a significant reduction on the NIS 85 million price tag, and that Maariv’s financial situation was worse than previously estimated, leading to doubts that the September payroll could be paid.
Meanwhile, workers at Haaretz started what they say is an open-ended strike on Tuesday, after management refused to disclose details of planned cuts and austerity measures to go into effect to aid the ailing newspaper.
Early Tuesday morning, hundreds of Haaretz employees staged a protest outside a management conference room, demanding that executives put together an emergency plan to increase revenue, as an alternative to widespread firings and/or forced retirements.
Reporters said they would not hold interviews or write news stories and photographers would not be sending photos in to the newsdesk.
Haaretz, founded in 1918 and known for its intellectual and left-leaning bent, is the country’s oldest newspaper and is sometimes called the most influential, although its circulation lags behind the other major dailies.