Everything Everywhere cuts 550 jobs in the UK
03 November 2011 |
Everything Everywhere, the joint venture between Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile UK and France Telecom’s Orange is to cut 550 jobs.
The losses which are equivalent to 4% of its 15,000 strong workforce are part of CEO Olaf Swantee’s organisational restructure and follows previous cuts of 1,200 jobs earlier this year.
An Everything Everywhere spokesman said that the cuts are being made to support proposed organisational changes as the company transitions from an integration phase into a new phase “focused on accelerating the delivery of company ambitions”.
Communication Workers Union deputy general secretary Andy Kerr told national media sources the job cuts were expected but still not easy to accept. He felt that workers were paying the price for the merger that has so far appeared unsuccessful.
Everything Everywhere is the UK’s largest mobile operator with 28 million customers and 720 retail stores. One of the tasks the company faces is enabling both T-mobile and Orange customers to share the 3G signal of both networks allowing faster data speed and wider internet access.
In July 2011, Everything Everywhere was authorised by UK regulator Ofcom to sell portions of its radio spectrum to rival operators. It is now able to sell parts of its spectrum in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands