Up to 250 employees at UPC Austria and UPC Cablecom could be lost by 2018, following the reorganisation of UPC’s Austrian and Swiss operations.

The company says the changes come from the need to avoid duplicating functions and increase efficiencies following the merger of the two businesses. Cash generated will, says UPC, be used to “substantially invest in the further development of its network infrastructure in both countries and hence to increase the attractiveness of its services to customers”.

It’s the second set of job losses at the Liberty Global-owned UPC network. Last week it was announced that 170 jobs would go at UPC Ireland.

Eric Tveter, CEO UPC Austria / upc cablecom: “We’re pleased with the outcome of our dialogue with the social partners. The agreement shows the understanding of our vision to create a strong, joint regional organisation for Austria and Switzerland.”

Giorgio Pardini, member of the executive board of Swiss trade union Syndicom: “Our top priority was to ensure that the measures will be implemented in a socially acceptable way. In intense negotiations we achieved a solution that’s sustainable for all parties.”

The merger of UPC Austria and upc cablecom was announced in July 2014.