British telecom giant Vodafone said Tuesday it planned to lay off up to 1,300 workers, about a fifth of the workforce, from its Spanish division which bought cable provider ONO last year.
Vodafone Espana and ONO said they would launch a month of negotiations with labour unions in September to reach "the best agreement possible for employees and both companies" on the layoffs.
"The collective dismissal procedures will affect a maximum of 1,300 people" out of a total of around 6,100 in Vodafone and ONO in Spain, it said in a statement.
"The procedures are part of the integration process of Vodafone and ONO."
Vodafone bought phone and Internet provider ONO for 7.2 billion euros ($8.0 billion) last year and has been integrating ONO's cable network into its own wireless services.