PARIS May 12 Labour representatives at Bouygues
Telecom expect the company to increase the number of potential
job cuts to as many as 2,000 in a cost-saving plan, a trade
union official said on Monday, confirming a report in Le Figaro
The plan could see between 1,500 and 2,000 out of a total
9,000 employees lose their jobs, CFDT union official Azzam Ahdab
The existing cost-saving plan for the telecom division of
conglomerate Bouygues envisages a total of 550 job
That was put in place in 2012, but earlier this year,
Bouygues lost out in a battle for control of SFR to Numericable
, a rival telecoms operator.
The industry is locked in a fierce price war, and winning
control of SFR had been seen as important to Bouygues Telecom's
future financial health.
"That (number of job cuts) is what's been circulating within
the company for a three or four weeks now," Ahdab said.
Bouygues Telecom declined to comment.
(Reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic; Writing by Andrew Callus;
Editing by Erica Billingham)