The company formed by the merger of T-Mobile and Orange has put 130 members of staff “at risk” of redundancy and a 90-day consultation process will now take place to determine which staff will be made redundant.
“While these job cuts are due to company strategy post merger and not financial difficulties, they still leave highly skilled sales staff out of work during an extremely difficult time for Britain’s high streets,” said Prospect Organising Project Leader Ben Bellamy.
“We are disappointed that voluntary redundancies were not considered. This will cause great uncertainty and worry for those members affected. We welcome the commitment from the employer to redeploy staff where possible and their encouragement for affected staff to move to non-retail roles, bringing their front line skills into back office roles.
"However, it may not be possible to do this for those working at remote locations who cannot get to an alternative office.”
Bellamy said that the latest bad news follows on from previous job losses affecting staff since the merger in 2010 – hundreds of staff have already been made redundant, including at call centres in Darlington, Plymouth, Newcastle and Hatfield. For more about Prospect in Everything Everywhere visit the union's IT & Telecoms sector industry pages.