Michel Combes, Alcatel Lucent CEO, said that the company will present the number of job cuts post-closing.
“We are not going to debate about that before closing, we have detailed work to be done and see how the synergies will work. Of course there is going to be a little bit of overlap but this is an offensive merge, it is not a defensive. But eve in offensive mergers you have this overlap,” said Combes during a media round table in Dubai.
Combes explained that the company will follow a process and it will talk with its internal unions first. “We have started speaking with the unions, I met with the unions the day after the announcement, our global union leaders, meaning the global company with the unions in the different countries,” he said.
Alcatel Lucent and Nokia also talked about a new jobs related to the innovation vertical of the new company. “Obviously we are moving very fast in new territories, we are talking about new software, so this will create new opportunities to people in order to bring those new skills and capabilities to the company and satisfy our customers. We will look at that [job creation] in the new course,” he added.
“In our innovations services we will increase the number of people. We need to step up in 5G, there is a decision already taken to have some additional people there,” he highlighted.