Prospect and RMT members join demonstration after telecoms giant threatens to sack newly-privatised workers

Tim Lezard

Vodafone Oxford StreetBritish trade unionists will today join their German counterparts in demonstrating outside Vodafone’s offices and flagship store in London.

Members of Prospect and the RMT will stand with members of Germany’s EVG union, whose jobs are under threat after their contracts were taken over by Vodafone following privatisation. The demonstrations, supported by the International Transport Workers’ Federation, will be held from 10 to 11.30am outside the firm’s global HQ in Paddington and from 2 to 3pm in front of the Vodafone store at 341-349 Oxford Street, London W1C 2HN.

Johannes Kuipers, EVG union secretary for telecoms, said: “These workers are highly skilled communications engineers who help ensure the safe running of German railways. Following privatisation rail telecoms were taken over by Vodafone, who are now threatening to cut those crucial jobs. That is why they are taking their message that the jobs cuts have to stop direct to the heart of Vodafone’s operations.

He continued: “Vodafone cuts jobs and redundancy payments. Its office in Eschborn near Frankfurt am Main has lost 750 jobs in three years. Now another 395 jobs are being relocated. Those who can’t relocate are going to lose their jobs. The company makes 3.4 billion euros a year in Germany but is trying to lower the redundancy payments to small handouts.”

 

 


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