The Orange subcontractor, Scopelec, in difficulty since the loss of a major contract with the incumbent telecom operator, is preparing a social plan which could lead to the redundancy of 800 people, indicated this Thursday, April 21 the company to AFP, confirming information from the “Figaro”.
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“The management announced the plan to bring together the social partners in the coming days to prepare the implementation of a PSE [plan de sauvegarde de l’emploi, NDLR] which would affect 800 jobs”said a spokesperson for the company, which provided Orange with the laying of the optical fiber and the maintenance of the copper network, under a contract that expired at the end of March.
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A demonstration of Scopelec employees must also be held this Thursday at Place de la Bastille in Paris.
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The company provided Orange with the installation of optical fiber and the maintenance of the copper network, under a contract that expired at the end of March, and which represented 40% of its turnover estimated at 475 million euros. euros in 2021. The subcontractor, who was notified in mid-November of the loss of this contract, believes that he had no warning signs from Orange about the loss of this volume of business, and does not have had time to prepare for it.
Since November when 1,800 threatened jobs were mentioned, “700 people have either been reclassified internally, or left for other companies that have won contracts, or left the telecoms field itself”continued the spokesperson for Scopelec.
The company’s associate employees published this Thursday in several newspapers an open letter to presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, as well as candidates in the legislative elections, calling on them to act to avoid “one of the heaviest social plans that France has known for months”.
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The company, which has been in the backup procedure for a month, requests that Orange“really supports in (its) social restructuring” and finances part of the PSE, and that the State shareholder “plays the role of impartial arbiter”.
She intends to appeal the decision rendered on Friday April 15 by the judge in chambers of the Paris Commercial Court, who had dismissed her request for an extension of the contract with Orange, and “will also assign Orange on the merits because the termination of the commercial contracts does not seem to us to have respected the rules of commercial law”she said.