Alcatel-Lucent rejects request to suspend job cuts

23rd February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 23, 2007 (AFP) - US-French telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent on Friday rejected a French government request to put on hold its plans to cut 1,468 jobs in France, a trade union said.

PARIS, Feb 23, 2007 (AFP) - US-French telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent on Friday rejected a French government request to put on hold its plans to cut 1,468 jobs in France, a trade union said.

The announcement of the cuts in France came during campaigning for a presidential election in April, in which the role of multinationals, job cuts and employment are sensitive issues.

"The response was negative," said Alain Hurstel of the CFDT trade union, referring to the French employment minister's reported request to the company to suspend its job cut plans while a telecoms "working group" was set up.  

Alcatel-Lucent last week said its overall job cuts would come to 12,500 or 15.6 percent of its global workforce as it reported a slump in underlying profits.

The newly merged company said Wednesday it would eliminate 12 percent of its French workforce between now and 2008 as part of a restructuring plan.

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