IBM layoffs hit hundreds in Brazil, spread in India, across Europe
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Research Triangle Park, N.C. — Like a contagion, layoffs are spreading rapidly across the global IBM (NYSE: IBM) empire with more work groups being affected in different locations.
New reports emerged of continuing layoffs in India on Thursday.
An IBMer in Brazil reached out directly to WRALTechWire after reading reports about layoffs in India.
The same thing is happening in Brazil and the story needs to be told, the worker said.
"So far the numbers are close to 450 this time," the worker who asked not to be identified said. Major cuts also were made in Brazil last year as part of a work force reduction.
The number could climb much higher.
Alliance@IBM, which is seeking to unionize North American workers, said Thursday afternoon that some 1,500 layoffs are expected in Brazil.
On the Alliance@IBM website Thursday, posts noted possible layoffs in the works in Australia and Germany,
The latest "rebalancing" of Big Blue is heading west, with the first reports of job losses in the U.S. coming from New York. There, a "few"contractors have been "walked out."
Speculation has been that layoffs in the U.S. would begin either Feb. 19 or Feb. 26.
The "resource action," as IBM terms job reduction programs, began Tuesday in India, with the troubled Systems Technology Group being hit hard, based on reports to Alliance@IBM. Media outlets in that country have now picked up on the news.
"Reports from Europe and South America are also coming in. In Europe, due to union contracts, the targeted cuts must be negotiated," Alliance noted in an update. "Some cuts will be voluntary."
The layoff count as off Thursday evening as compiled by the Alliance based on reports from workers and affiliated unions in Europe:
- Belgium, 105
- Argentina, 600
- Brazil, 1500
- Netherlands, 240
- Norway, 35
- France, 480
- Italy, 430
Interestingly, the reductions in Italy include 60 workers who sources there say are "being moved out to Lenovo."
Lenovo is in the process of buying IBM's x86 server business, which is part of the STG group. About 2,000 IBMers in Research Triangle Park are expected to be transferred to Lenovo, which operates its executive headquarters in Morrisville. The total is around 7,500 worldwide.
If IBM cuts follow a similar plan as implemented in 2013, some 13,000 layoffs across its workforce of more than 434,000 are expected. That 2013 plan led to hundreds of layoffs in North Carolina and about 3,500 across North America, based on documents and sources.
Lee Conrad, who heads up Alliance@IBM and is a retired IBM worker, had predicted earlier this week that layoffs would start in Europe as soon as the company, unions and governments were able to strike agreements. Unlike the U.S., he said, many EU countries are very strict when allowing corporate cuts.
The cuts are part of a $1 billion workforce rebalancing as described by IBM's chief financial officer last month.
One employee describes the layoff process in India as a "slaughter."
IBM still employs about 9,500 people across North Carolina.
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