This is the second major social plan since the takeover of SFR by Numericable in 2014. It also plans to hire 1,000 young people.
Another blow for the employees of SFR. The operator plans to cut 1,700 jobs, out of 9,500, according to the unions. On the management side, the scope taken into account is a little larger with a total of 15,000 employees. The job cuts therefore concern 18% of the workforce according to the unions and 11%, according to the management.
This is the second major social plan since the takeover of SFR by Numericable in 2014. “We then concluded an employment agreement with the management, which undertook to maintain the workforce at 9,500 positions. The agreement was extended in 2017, until December 2020», Explains Abdelkader Choukrane, central union delegate of Unsa SFR. The job cuts should therefore drop the workforce of SFR below the bar of 9,500 employees. “However, telecoms a sector of the future, we need them like water and energy», He laments.
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The pill is all the more bitter for the employees of the group as the telecom operators have shown resilience in the current crisis. SFR also recorded a 2.4% increase in its turnover in 2020, with an improvement in its net margin. “The Unsa does not understand this decision, the employees are worried. The deletions are not justified in view of the health of Altice and the perimeter. We would not understand if the Minister of Labor did not intervene», Ajoute Abdelkader Choukrane.
Adaptation of the model
For some employees, Altice – the parent company of SFR – takes the “Covid pretextTo carry out these job cuts. The management of the group sees on the contrary, in the current crisis “a transformation accelerator, with more digital in organizations“. Reflecting this development, 400 of the 1,700 jobs removed will be in stores. In addition, SFR plans to proceed with the hiring of 1,000 young people, “new talents”, to adapt to the changing environment. This will be, for example, hiring in the field of cybersecurity.
The group seeks to include this plan, based on voluntary departures, within the broader framework of a new strategic orientation, with in particular the promise to accelerate the development of fiber and 5G in France. Its ambition is to connect 90% of French households to fiber and to cover 98% of municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants with 5G by 2025.
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