Gateway's European operations accounted for just five per cent of the firm's revenues and their closure will only improve its bottom line, according to US analysts.
This harsh conclusion will be difficult to take for UK and Eire workers facing unemployment over the coming months. The PC maker said earlier this week that it was consulting its workers with a view to pulling out of Europe.
British and Irish workers will have between 30 and 90 days to negotiate their pay-offs with the PC vendor.
Gateway has also begun to review its Asian, Australian and New Zealand operations on a market-by-market basis to decide whether further closures are necessary.
The vendor has lost money in the past nine months, hit by the slowing PC market and fierce price competition led by Dell.
Irish unions have objected bitterly to fears that Gateway will follow employment rules to the letter of the law, which could leave workers with only token redundancy payments.
The Irish Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union has said that workers at the firm's Dublin plant can use its crisis support centre for laid-off workers, which it runs through the Irish Trade Union Trust.
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