CWU on Vodafone buying CWW
Responding to confirmation today (Monday) that mobile company
Vodafone will buy Cable and Wireless Worldwide (CWW) for a sum of
£1.04 billion, the Communication Workers Union raises concern
over job losses.
Andy Kerr, CWU deputy general secretary,
said: "This appears to be a no-brainer for Vodafone who look
set to make significant tax savings on CWW losses which could cover
the purchase price. We would have thought more tax evasion stories
would be the last thing Vodafone would want.
"On top of that, the potential sale of undersea cables
would net them a profit of around £500 million, meaning this
acquisition is a nice little earner for Britain's biggest
"We hope that Vodafone don't intend to asset-strip
further at the expense of our members - their staff. However, in
our experience, whenever there's a takeover there are job
losses and staff in CWW in particular will be feeling concerned
"We would hope that because of the different nature of the
work that the two companies undertake - mobile versus fixed line -
that there wouldn't be too large a reduction in the workforce.
The limited duplication of work could be in the best interests of
job retention within both companies.
"We'll be working to minimise the impact of any
redundancies on staff and to seek alternatives to compulsory
redundancies in particular wherever possible. We're urging our
members in both companies to get in touch with the union if they
have any concerns.
"The one piece of good news here is that CWW will hopefully
be able to finally leave behind the controversial legacy of John
Pluthero and the obscene executive bonus culture the management is
The Communication Workers Union is the largest union in the telecoms and mobile sector with members in call centre, engineering and support roles.
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