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Published: 2014-03-04 12:48:00
Updated: 2014-03-04 13:39:57

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Thousands of IBM workers in China - some carrying banners describing IBM as a "Sweat Shop" and "We are not merchandise" - staged protests Wednesday in reaction to layoffs and the sale of IBM's low-end server business to Lenovo....

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cecil... "Americans are sheep."

Americans get a month of severance for every year of service. These people got $1K, which is at best 1 month's severance for a decade of service. That's a bitter pill to swallow. IBM has just done a number on its reputation in China. Obviously the CEO has to make her numbers, but this is a bit much.
IBM used to be an employer of choice. A younger friend of mine, that still works for them and is constantly looking for another job, was told by a recruiter that working for IBM is seen within their organization as a negative. They assume that if you still work at IBM and are too young to retire, there must be something wrong with you. They don't waste their time with an interview. That says a lot about IBM's reputation within the industry.
Americans are sheep.
Typical IBM behavior, set up shop, hire good workers with the lure of a decent salary and employment for life. Work them to point of an early death due to stress - then lay them off. Been there..done that. Attempted to sue - was told the labor judge was in the back pocket of business.

About time someone took this company to task and exposed it for the fraud it is.
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