EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Netherlands
Location of affected unit(s): Rijswijk and Nijmegen


Sector: Information / communication
61 - Telecommunications

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 16-10-2014
Planned Job Reductions min: 450
Planned Job Reductions max: 900
Type of Restructuring: Merger/Acquisition

Additional Information

The merger of the Dutch telecoms services provider Ziggo with the US telecoms company UPC is to result in 450 redundancies affecting employees on fixed-term contract and several hundreds employees on other temporary or external contracts are not to be renewed. The offices in Heerhugowaard, Rijswijk and Nijmegen will be closed.

Ziggo announced early in 2014 that it planned redundancies; in October it was announced that at least 900 jobs were to be cut. The job cuts would be over 1,000 according to the trade unions.

The union also expects that several hundreds of employees will resign due to longer commutes following the merger. Some 600 employees will have to travel over 80km to their work and Ziggo itself expects that 80% of them will resign.