Up to 2,000 “job cuts” at SFR in 2021, denounce unions

Unsa and the CFDT denounce “a cynical and opportunistic use” of the health crisis by management to justify restructuring.

SFR’s strategic plan provides for up to 2,000 “job cuts” during 2021, the unions denounced this Thursday, April 1, the management maintaining for its part the figure of “1,700 voluntary departures” in order to consolidate its position as 2nd national telecoms operator by 2025.

In addition to the 1,281 occupied positions eliminated on a voluntary basis in the telecoms pole of the French private telecommunications operator, there are 287 vacant positions to be filled, which will also be eliminated (1,568 in total), said Unsa ( first union) and the CFDT (2nd). To this are added “404 positions deleted including 381 voluntary departures and 23 vacant positions deleted” in the shops of the telecoms operator, or nearly 2,000 positions deleted, they denounce.

Management maintains the figure of “400 employees impacted in distribution as well as 1,300 in other functions of the telecoms division”, ie a total of 1,700 “occupied positions” removed on a voluntary basis. “120 job creations” are also planned, she emphasizes. Company negotiations, the date of which has not yet been determined, should begin shortly.

Like Unsa, the CFDT denounces “a cynical and opportunistic use” of the health crisis by the management, accused of “claiming that this affects its results to implement this restructuring”. The central social and economic committee (CSE) has also referred management to the Paris court for “lack of information on its strategic orientations” to the expert cabinet that it appointed. A hearing is set for April 8, said Unsa and the CFDT. Another legal procedure must follow for “fraud of strategic directions and violation of previous agreements” which ended on December 31, 2020.

SFR (Altice group), which has around 10,000 employees, increased its turnover by 2.4% to 10.6 billion euros last year.

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