Employees of Haaretz newspaper called a partial work stoppage on Sunday night, shutting down the paper for around two hours in the first such action by employees as they face a round of wide-scale layoffs in the near future.

Shouting “no newspaper without journalists,” the employees of Haaretz and the Marker blocked Schocken Street outside the paper’s headquarters in south Tel Aviv, and demanded answers about the size and scope of the impending layoffs.

Uri Tuval, a member of the Haaretz workers committee, said employees don’t know exactly how many employees will be laid off, saying only that they have been told by management that around 80 of the 400 employees of Haaretz and The Marker will be fired in the near future, and that they don’t believe that the story will end there.

“Their plan to save the paper is through terminations, but we believe they’ll see that that doesn’t do the job and there will be another round of layoffs down the road.”

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