Workers from the Franco-American group Alcatel-Lucent sent a strong message to management over proposed job cuts with a protest march in Paris.
The telecommunications-equipment maker plans to slash 10,000 jobs worldwide with the prospect of 900 disappearing in France. The demonstration came as Alcatel-Lucent’s managing director warned on French radio the company could disappear.
Union leaders have called for backing from the French government in their fight.
“We want another plan today, the shift plan is not a good one for workers in France. There are too many job cuts, there are too many closure of sites announced for 2015. It is not acceptable for the workers,” said Herve Lassale one of the union leaders present on the march.
Alcatel has been loss making since it merged with Lucent in 2006. Restructuring and earlier job cuts failed to stem losses amid slower investment from European carriers and competition from China.
The company which has opened talks with the workers said it had four months for negotiations over its strategy for re-structuring.