Italy - Almaviva to shed nearly 3,000 employees - March 31, 2016

A mass lay-off of nearly 3000 Almaviva contact centre employees (1,670 collective redundancies in Palermo, 918 in Rome and 400 in Naples) was formalised, according to the information provided by the trade union representing workers in the telecommunications sector Uilcom. The redundancies account for 6% of staff currently employed by the group in seven countries. Almaviva explained the lay-offs by a direct margin that is well below target as a result of the delocalization of lowest-bid tenders and inadequate regulations governing telcom outsourcing. Almaviva employees in Palermo are to strike, with a demonstration in Piazza Indipendenza.

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