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Swisscom decision to outsource logistics may cause job losses

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The country's largest telecommunications company, Swisscom is to outsource its logistics division, which employs 240 people. The decision could lead to job cuts.

This content was published on March 8, 2001 - 16:33

The announcement is part of a restructuring programme announced a year ago that will see Swisscom shed around 6,000 jobs. About half of them will be outsourced.

On Thursday, the company said it was redistributing some of its logistics activities to other group business units as a prelude to outsourcing most of them.

"Swisscom has become a holding company and we need the greatest flexibility," explained Swisscom spokeswoman, Pia Rogers.

In a statement, the company said the move was another step in its drive to concentrate on core telecom activities.

The responsibility for logistics will initially be transferred to the Fix Com fixed net and the PBX switching units before being put out to tender.

"For the 240 staff working in logistics today, about 100 will be transferred to different Swisscom units," says Rogers. "For the other 140 the situation will be clarified by October."

Swisscom hasn't ruled out job cuts.

The company says it is continuing to evaluate the possibility of outsourcing other services.

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