Eircom is discussing cuts with unions, CEO says

5 Jul 2010

Eircom CEO Paul Donovan has commented on reports over the weekend that Eircom is planning to cut more than 2,000 jobs.

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland programme today, Donovan said Eircom had announced a year ago it was aiming to reduce its staff headcount by 1,200 by March 2011, adding that it is well on its way to achieving this target.

Commenting on speculation over the weekend that there will be further job cuts at the incumbent telecoms operator, Donovan said Eircom needed to refit for the future and that it was going to have to be a more efficient, lower-cost company, and that whether this could be achieved from fewer jobs or changes in work practices was still being discussed with unions.

The Eircom CEO said his company was currently three or four years behind its compatriots in Europe in terms of modernisation.

Donovan also acknowledged that there would be fewer employees working for Eircom in the future, pointing out that the company is moving from copper lines to fibre and wireless services, and that fewer people are needed to operate these.

Article courtesy of Businessandleadership.com