Monday 26 February 2018

Eircom announces 830 job losses

Move part of overall restructuring which will result in 2,000 redundancies at the telecoms group

EIRCOM has announced a new tranche of 830 redundancies as part of its overall restructuring.

The news follows a ‘collective agreement’ approved by the company’s management and representatives of the Communications’ Workers Union which will result in 2,000 people leaving the firm.

The staff will leave under an incentivised exit scheme, phased in over 12 months, though some will see their employment terminated as soon as December 31.

A company spokesperson last night described this latest round of redundancies as being ‘no shock or surprise’, since it is part of the target set by Eircom last year to shed 2,000 workers by June 2014.

“We have already achieved more than 800 of that,” the spokesperson said.

The new redundancies will affect a number of different parts of the business, including some field technicians.

Last Wednesday saw the closing date for applications for the voluntary redundancy scheme. The applications will now be assessed by management to determine the number of people who will be leaving.

According to a statement from Eircom, staff who qualified have received one to one consultations to explain the options open to them.

They said the company will confirm the applications to the early retirement scheme by the end of November.

“The company remains on track to reach its target to reduce headcount levels by 2000 by June 2014,” the statement concluded.

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