International Business Machines Corp., the world’s largest computer-services provider, fired more than 1,000 workers in North America this week, according to an employee advocacy group.
The job reductions are mostly in the U.S. with some in Canada, said Lee Conrad, national coordinator of Alliance@IBM, which has been trying to organize IBM employees. The group is continuing to update the number as it receives severance documents from workers notified with what IBM calls “resource actions,” Conrad said. Redundant employees may apply for other positions within IBM, the documents show.
Doug Shelton, a spokesman for Armonk, New York-based IBM, declined to provide a number, citing company policy and the “competitive nature of our business.”
“IBM is constantly rebalancing its workforce,” Shelton said today. “That means reducing in some areas and hiring in others -- based on shifts in technology and client demand. This allows IBM to remain competitive and relevant in an industry that is constantly changing.”
Alliance@IBM is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America and is seeking union recognition at IBM. IBM’s global workforce totaled 426,751 as of Dec. 31, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Information Week yesterday reported that more than 250 jobs had been cut at IBM.
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