Telenor adds to ranks of unemployed

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Telenor, Norway’s state-controlled telecoms firm, was catching criticism on Thursday after cutting 170 jobs and 85 contracts with consultants, right when the country is already reeling from major job losses in the oil sector.

“We understand the need to make operations more efficient,” one union leader told website ABC Nyheter, “but we think the timing is challenging, when the entire oil branch and oil supply industry is lining up to get rid of workers.”

The 255 looming job cuts at Telenor, which now has 4,200 employees in Norway, will be made in the technology and fixed-line (non-mobile) telephone divisions and take effect from November 1. “We must modernize, and the changes will unfortunately lead to redundancies,” Berit Svendsen, managing director of Telenor Norge, wrote in a press release. She noted that Telenor has been losing 100,000 customers a year who no longer want or need conventional fixed-line telephone services, and that cuts into revenues.

Telenor has grown dramatically outside Norway while cutting jobs at home for years, as mobile technology takes over for conventional phone services. The company had more than 20,000 employees in Norway as late as 1999, more than four times the number now. staff

  • frenk

    Love Norwegian Unions?

    • frenk

      From an article I was reading:

      My view is that perhaps
      Philips Lighting may survive and thrive much like Acuity Brands did when
      it was divested in a similar manner. However, they are a predominantly
      US-based business with much more flexible labour laws, whereas Philips’
      and, to a certain degree Osram’s, senior management team are restricted
      by trade unions and European labour laws that resist the vital
      restructuring that is most likely needed to transform Europe’s lighting
      leaders into vehicles that can compete on a global stage.