Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
France, Belgium, Spain, UK, Italy, Ireland
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26.11 - Manufacture of electronic components

1,650 - 1,800 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 January 2012
Employment effect (start)
15 March 2012
Foreseen end date
31 December 2012


Alcatel-Lucent, a global telecommunications operation, has announced the loss of up to 1,800 jobs to its European Works Council (EWC). It is reported that Alcatel plans to avoid compulsory redundancies and to implement the cuts by moving staff to overseas posts and natural attrition.

The secretary of the EWC stressed that about 500 positions were under threat in Italy (20% of the workforce) and 10% in Belgium. In France, only 5% of the workforce is under threat.

On the 13th of February Alcatel-Lucent announced its first profit (1 billion Euros) since the merger with Lucent in March 2006. Alcatel-Lucent employs 79,000 people in Europe.


  • 23 January 2012: L'usine Nouvelle
  • 9 February 2012: The Financial Times
  • 13 February 2012: Les Echos
  • 6 March 2012: Bloomberg


Eurofound (2012), Alcatel-Lucent, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 73085, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73085.