UK: Telecoms firm under fire for ‘traffic lighting’ redundancy news

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Everything Everywhere, the mobile phone company born out of the merger of Orange and T-mobile, used a ‘traffic light’ system to inform its 16 000 staff who would stay and who would go during public meetings held in September.

1 200 middle managers and back office staff saw a red light, meaning their jobs are at risk; other staff saw yellow, meaning they must reapply for their current jobs, with 30% of these due to go; a blue light meant that they were ‘safe’; whilst a green light meant that some new positions were being created.

One lawyer specialising in employment law reported it as the first time he had heard of a firm giving news to employees in such a public manner, with some employees reportedly having no idea they faced dismissal ahead of the meetings.