Alcatel-Lucent CEO Warns Company ‘Could Disappear’

He is battling unions over plans to cut its workforce


alcatel Alcatel Lucent CEO Warns Company Could DisappearThe days may be numbered for a French telecommunications giant.

That message comes from its CEO. Michel Combes is warning that Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) is in serious financial danger and “could disappear,” unless it turns around its struggling business, Reuters notes.

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Alcatel-Lucent has been losing money since 2006. The company is undergoing yet another restructuring plan under which it it shedding jobs and refocusing on more profitable businesses.

A new proposal to trim its payroll by 10,000 workers has met with significant resistance from French labor unions. In a bid to mitigate the fallout, Combes has reassured French lawmakers that the company will help at least 900 laid-off workers find new jobs.

The latest restructuring is the company’s sixth attempt to reverse its fortunes in the last seven years. Combes told a French parliament committee that he doesn’t plan on “there being a seventh.” Combes replaced Ben Verwaayen, who was ousted in February due to the company’s continued poor performance.

Alcatel-Lucent is looking to shut down a number of facilities in France, a move that has infuriated labor leaders.

Shares of Alcatel-Lucent fell more than 1% in Wednesday morning trading.

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