Vodafone exec's tartan tam-&-39; shopper, bottle Irn Bru, in snap shared with company … just before Glasgow employees told redundant dates

A Vodafone exec was refurbished on the telecom intranet dressed in a "See You Jimmy" * hat and climbed a bottle of Irn Bru in front of a meeting to confirm redundancy dates for 312 Glasgow call center employees.

Antonio Shabbir, head of customer care at Vodafone, and one of the numbers that led discussions with employees in the fate of their jobs, stood in a tartan hat with synthetic red hair attached to it for an image shared on the company's internal social media page of Voda's older transformation leader, John Lowe, yesterday.

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<p>  Clearly the post, the timing of it, triggered rebellion among employees who are already smiling at past mistakes made by the ex. </p>
<p>  "The Glasgow team literally waited for their jobs to see which of the three redundancy tranches they were to be located in. The whole team gets frame, tells a Voda source <i> The Reg </i>. </p>
<p>  "Thousands of employees who followed the internal Vodafone Facebook page at work, stared in disbelief at the insensitive, bizarre and ambiguous message," said our source. </p>
<p>  The Call Center team was hired to take care of the consumers of broadband service, but we are told that this operation is being outsourced to Egypt, although Vodafone has not yet commented on this. </p>
<p>  V Odafone is in cost-saving mode, rationalizing real estate ̵[ads1]1; years after the purchase of Cable & Wireless – and will close eight sites, including three in Bracknell, one in both Manchester and Birmingham, along with two stores in Glasgow. </p>
<p>  Shabbir, who told the staff about their redundancies in January when <i> El Reg </i> revealed the overall restructuring, was also made a bargain last month – so insiders say – when he sent out an "all hands" e -post that tells the entire consumer department of wage increases from April. He mistakenly included the Glasgow workers in this lot post. </p>
<p>  "He's yet to apologize for it and probably not," a Glasgow worker said. "Apparently, the ongoing HR issues that some of the employees have are now running, extra fuel [after the incident on Facebook’s Workplace intranet product]." </p>
<p>  This is not the first time in recent days that Vodafon's social media has caused rebellion among some of the workforce: a newspaper survey that placed Voda as the 29th best place to work in the UK was circulated. </p>
<p>  The staff is still waiting for a direct apology from Vodafone for the image "See You Jimmy". "We have no excuse, no explanation … I have never worked in a communications company that seems to be able to communicate continuously with its workforce." </p>
<p>  Today, Vodafone apologized to the staff via <i> The Reg </i>: "It was an internal incident. No offense was intended and we apologize unreservedly," said a spokesman. </p>
<p>  "Our teams are currently distributed in smaller offices, the UK. We move some people into larger centers of expertise across our consumer, digital technology and technology. This will affect 312 employees currently based in our Glasgow office . "</p>
<p>  This will leave Vodafone with 410 employees at its office in Berkeley Square in Glasgow and" more than "500 at the partner center in Kilmarnock. </p>
<p>  Vodafone made no comment on offshoring, but insisted Glasgow would be "one of our main 5G test beds". Scant consolidation for employees. </p>
<p>  The company has also outsourced cloud delivery to IBM, as previously disclosed, although it will sell the services itself. ® </p>
<p>  * A stereotypical tartan hat with false ginger hair attached, so called because of its resemblance to the costume worn by "CU Jimmy", a sign created by comedian Russ Abbott. </p>
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