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Alcatel-Lucent ‘to cut 1,800 Europe jobs’
10 February 2012
Workers’ council believes Alcatel-Lucent likely to cut workforce as part of efforts to reduce costs
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Alcatel-Lucent is planning to reduce its European workforce, reports the Financial Times. Alcatel-Lucent’s European workers’ council representative, Philippe Saint-Aubin, said that the company discussed plans to cut around 1,650 to 1,800 jobs, during a meeting with the management unit.
The company said that this would be “part of longstanding efforts to reduce costs”, adding that “it would be wrong to think it is some kind of major programme”, the FT reports. Union leaders have said that around 20% of jobs could be cut in Italy, while the workforce in France and Belgium are likely to be reduced by around 5% and 10% respectively.
Alcatel-Lucent’s plan to reduce its 79,000-strong workforce follows a similar move by Nokia Siemens Networks, which had recently mentioned plans to slash its global workforce by 17,000. Meanwhile, Nokia — which owns 50% of NSN — has announced its intentions to cut 4,000 jobs at smartphone making units in Europe and the Americas, in line with plans to move production to Asia. GTB
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