More jobs under threat at Belgacom

13th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2005, BRUSSELS – Belgium's leading phone operator Belgacom is to carry out another major restructuring plan which could affect around 2,000 jobs.

13 September 2005

BRUSSELS – Belgium's leading phone operator Belgacom is to carry out another major restructuring plan which could affect around 2,000 jobs.

On Tuesday, Le Soir announced that the firm, which has already reduced the number of workers from 25,000 to 16,400 in two previous shake-ups, is negotiating with unions about further change.

Belgacom insisted that only around 50 workers would be laid off. Others would be offered retraining for jobs elsewhere in the company or redeployment in other organisations like in the communes where more workers are needed to process electronic ID cards.

Under Belgian law, many of the workers are protected from dismissal but the company can in some circumstances make them available to other firms.

Belgacom also said it would be looking at the cases of 500 workers who are being paid, but who are effectively unemployed, after the last restructuring.

"This is about adapting the structure of Belgacom to the reality of the market," said spokesman Thierry Boukaert.

Some unionists, however, are angered by the restructuring, describing as yet another redundancy plan.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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