Caixabank may cut up to 8,000 jobs after Bankia merger: media

FILE PHOTO: Bankia and Caixabank's logotypes are seen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak near Barcelona, Spain September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo

(Reuters) – Spanish bank Caixabank may cut between 7,000 and 8,000 jobs after merging with smaller rival Bankia, Cinco Dias newspaper reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources.

The bank will start negotiations with labour unions just after Easter, the newspaper report said.

A Caixabank spokesman, when asked about the newspaper report, said he could not confirm the number of any potential job cuts.

The bank is waiting for the merger to be legally done, in the coming days, to start talking to the unions, he said.

The merger, announced in September last year, will create Spain’s largest domestic bank by assets.