Staff facing redundancy as Vodafone ponders office closures

Staff facing redundancy as Vodafone ponders office closures

Vodafone has entered into consultation talks with employees after publishing proposals to close eight offices across the UK.

Sources close to Vodafone told Mobile that sites in Livingston, Burton, Birmingham (Herbert House), Bletchley, Norwich, Bristol (Merchants Trade Park), London (Finsbury Tower) and Southend were in danger of being shut down.

It’s not clear yet how many employees will be facing redundancy or redeployment. Redundancy numbers are likely to be finalised after the completion of the new structure’s composition.

The move follows news that the operator will close its HQ in Burton with over 100 jobs under threat.

The proposals include plans to extend Vodafone’s Centres of Excellence locations in Glasgow, Manchester, Newark and Stoke as well as Technology Hubs in Birmingham, Bracknell, and Glasgow.

Mobile understands the move is designed to lower operating costs and to improve facilities.

Union Prospect told Mobile that it didn’t have access to any details of the plans, but it would be contacting Vodafone to request more information for its members within these sites.

Prospect negotiator Andy Sturtevant said: ‘Prospect is aware that there is an estate simplification programme in progress. We do not have any details of the locations or number of jobs that may be affected. We are seeking more details from the company and will be exhorting them to explore every avenue for ensuring that any employees affected are given the opportunity to be redeployed and offered help with relocation if necessary.’

Vodafone was unavailable for comment.

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