WARSAW, March 1 Poland's TPSA, a unit
of France Telecom, may cut up to 5,000 jobs between
2014 and 2016 because it is under pressure from an economic
slowdown and rising competition, the daily Puls Biznesu reported
Poland's No.1 telecommunications company, which recently
rebranded itself as Orange, has already said it plans to cut its
22,400-strong workforce by 1,700 jobs this year. It expects a
"deep fall" in 2013 revenue resulting from a brutal price war
among mobile operators.
Puls Biznesu quoted the group's negotiations with its
unions, saying TPSA, which the daily said spent 1.73 billion
zlotys ($544.3 million) on salaries last year, wanted to
continue with 1,700 layoffs a year until 2016.
"Orange Polska has flagged continued workforce cuts in
2014-2016," the daily reported, citing TPSA spokesman Wojciech
Jabczynski. "Reduction plans will be the subject for discussions
with the unions and that's why we cannot give any details."
($1 = 3.1783 Polish zlotys)
(Reporting by Adrian Krajewski; Editing by Matt Driskill)