Vodafone to close all exclusive stores in Spain by March, union says

MADRID (Reuters) – British mobile and broadband operator Vodafone will close its 34 owner-operated stores in Spain by March 2022, a union source said on Tuesday, as part of a broader plan to lay off more than 500 workers in a hyper-competitive environment. telecommunications sector.

Arguing that customers have become more digital and want less personalized attention, Vodafone will look to close all the stores it operates in Spain over the next six months, leaving only the brand’s franchises, the source said. main union Comisiones Obreras.

Telecoms had announced earlier this month that they would negotiate the layoffs of around 515 employees, or around 12% of its Spanish workforce, citing “difficult conditions in the competitive Spanish market”.

That number has already been reduced to 509, according to a separate source from the UGT union, which represents about half of unionized workers. Almost half of all workers who are to be made redundant work in exclusive stores that are slated to close, the source added.

Negotiations are expected to last until the end of October.

Vodafone is the latest mobile and broadband operator to call for downsizing after France-based Orange announced the layoff of 485 employees in May, citing Spain’s increasingly low-cost and hyper telecommunications sector. -competitive.

(Report by Clara-Laeila Laudette, edited by Andrei Khalip)

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