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No specifics on BVI -Digicel cutting 25% of global staff

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Digicel said it is not in a position at this time to specifically say if its staff in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) will be affected by a massive redundancy programme the telecommunications company is undertaking globally.

Representatives of the company’s BVI operation have declined to comment on Digicel’s plan to cut its global workforce by 25 percent over the next 18 months.

Our news team was referred to the company’s Head of Group Communications in Jamaica, Antonia Graham, who emphasized that the redundancy programme is – in the first instance – voluntary.

Asked about the implications for the BVI staff, she said: “Given that this is a global programme, and voluntary, we can’t give market specifics.”

Graham further told BVI News Online: “In terms of the future organisational structure, this simplification and standardisation of how we are organised means that there will be an approximate 25% reduction in our global workforce over the next 18 months. The first step in that is the offer of an Enhanced Voluntary Separation Programme, starting 1st March 2017.”

Graham further stated that the move is part of a global transformation programme dubbed Digicel 2030.

As part of that, Digicel is seeking to undertake a complete re-design of the organisational structure.

“On the plus side, Digicel is one of the first communications and entertainment providers in the world to initiate a wide-scale transformation agenda; we are building Digicel for 2030 and beyond. Our transformation programme sees us taking the bull by the horns, and daring to be different by challenging the status quo and by innovation-led growth.”

“That means adopting a ‘digital first’ approach so customers can enjoy an enhanced entertainment, content and business solutions experience with an array of advanced new products, and services and a refreshed retail experience putting them in the driving seat,” added Graham.

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