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Vodafone jobs fear

FEARS are growing for the future of up to 130 jobs at mobile giant Vodafone.

The group, which employs 1,200 people in Ireland, said it hoped its new round of job cuts could be made through voluntary redundancies and early retirements.

In December 2008, the firm announced that it would look for 150 job cuts.

The mobile phone company has begun consultations with employees and trades union and said that it hopes to complete the process by August.

A representative said that the cuts were part of a wider review of operations because consumers were now spending less on mobile phones.

Job losses were earlier flagged at Vodafone following the resolution of a pay claim brought to the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) by the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

The LRC recommended that Vodafone pay 20pc of its staff a 2pc pay increase from January 1, 2011 and again from January 1, 2012.

In exchange for the pay increase, however, the CWU had to agree as part of the LRC's recommendation to engage with the company on a change agenda.

According to the firm, this change process will involve a review of the way the company works.

The remaining 950 members of staff are not entitled to pay increases as part of the agreement but will be eligible for salary reviews.

Vodafone Ireland has now informed staff it is looking to cut its workforce by around 130.