Puma sets short-time work for 1,400 staff

Puma sets short-time work for 1,400 staff

The logo of German sports goods firm Puma is seen at the entrance of one of its stores in Vienna
FILE PHOTO: The logo of German sports goods firm Puma is seen at the entrance of one of its stores in Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

MUNICH: German sportswear company Puma announced on Tuesday (Mar 24) that 1,400 staff would switch to shorter work hours until Apr 13 as sales slump due to the coronavirus and said its three top executives would not take their pay for April.

Germany allows companies to apply for state aid to keep people working but switch to shorter hours.

A Puma spokeswoman said almost all the shops that Puma and its partners operate had been closed due to the coronavirus.

Employees at the company's headquarters in the southern German town of Herzogenaurach and in its own stores will now work only half of their usual hours, but will still be paid their full salary due to the short-time work allowance.

Chief Executive Bjorn Gulden, finance chief Michael Laemmermann and sourcing chief Anne-Laure Descours will waive their April salaries, together worth about €170,000 (US$183,821.00), while the next management level will waive a quarter of their salary.

The three executives were paid a total of €2 million in 2019.

Puma said earlier this month it was abandoning the 2020 guidance it gave on Feb 19 that had assumed the crisis would be short-lived.

Source: Reuters

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