The news that IBM is making a round of redundancies in Europe will have spoiled many a morning across the country. We'll know more details after a company webcast at 1pm today.
Until then IBM's keeping mum. This morning's call to IBM's usually friendly press officer didn't get anywhere: we were told mechanically that the extension's message box was "full" and to please call back later.
We suspect that the ringer is turned off; everyone and his dog must have been calling since the news broke.
Judging by the stink Amicus is raising, Britain is likely to bear the brunt of any job cuts. There's a simple reason for this: it's easier to fire people here than almost anywhere else in Western Europe.
Shutting down a factory is cheap and easy in the UK compared to the continent. France employment law is famously strict and the Germans aren't far behind in making it very tricky to get rid of people.
Maybe those voicemail messages won't be cleared at all.
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