Deutsche Telekom confirms more job cuts in 2009

Deutsche Telekom confirmed that it will cut more jobs after its moratorium on such a move expires at the end of 2008, an Associated Press reports aid.

The Associated Press report said Corinna Kielwein, a spokeswoman for the Bonn-based company, Europe's biggest telecommunications company by sales, did not say how many cuts were likely.

The Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported at least 2,000 positions out of 6,500 at its headquarters in Bonn and elsewhere in Germany would be eliminated, the report said.

The company has been cutting an average of 10,000 jobs a year since it went public in 1995, ending its state-control, the report said.

Currently, the company employs more than 240,000 in more than 50 countries.

But it put a moratorium in place in part to assuage unions as the company trims costs amid fierce competition from domestic and foreign rivals.

At the start of July, it transferred approximately 50,000 jobs in its service and call center operations into new units, a move that came after a six-week strike by workers seeking protection against job cuts at those operations until 2012, the Associated Press report said.

The company and union Ver.di agreed to lower wages in exchange for the protection of jobs until then, the report added.