The future of Digital?s staff in France and Germany is under threat after chief financial officer Vin Mullarkey admitted he plans to restructure and downsize European operations imminently.
But French unions have complained strongly against Digital?s job cuts and made a protest at the company?s user group conference, Decus, held last October in Barcelona. European staff also demonstrated at Digital?s annual meeting in Boston last November.
But Mullarkey insisted France and Germany have the largest amounts of restructuring work to do. "Because we have been involved in these discussions for an extended period of time to date, we have fallen behind in terms of the restructuring adjustments required," he said.
One source inside Digital said the UK had been "propping up" the European figures. "As I understand it, sales in continental Europe have been poor and we are the only territory doing well," the source said.
Mullarkey admitted the weak results in France and Germany overshadowed the strong figures from the UK and Italy in Digital?s second quarter figures, released this week. The company does not reveal sales data for individual countries.
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