Bouygues backtracks on more than 800 Covid19 redundancies

French mobile network operator, Bouygues Telecom, has reversed its decision to make 800 of its staff redundant amid the fallout from the current Covid19 pandemic, deciding instead to allow them to work from home.

A report by news agency Reuters claimed that unions in France have alleged that financially sound businesses in the country are using the Covid19 pandemic as a smokescreen to make redundancies and cut costs while simultaneously taking advantage of state aid programmes.

The French Confederation of Labour (CFDT), one of France’s five biggest unions, alleged that Bouygues Telecom was planning to make 822 staff temporarily unemployed during the lockdown period in France.

“Management announces that client advisers in our Internal Centres are being equipped to work remotely. This will avoid the temporary layoffs for all these teams in April,” the CFDT said in a statement to the press.

Bouygues Telecom has not yet publically commented on the developments.  

France has launched a multi billion dollar aid programme to help French businesses allow their workforce to work from home, as the country attempts to control the spread of the Covid19 Coronavirus pandemic.



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