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WorldCom is still refusing to comment on the 6,000 job cuts it made yesterday in the US.

It won't comment on whether we can expect job cuts elsewhere, even though documents seen by El Reg prove the outfit is set to announce losses following the integration of WorldCom International and UUNet.

You know, it always beggars belief when a corporate news team - keen to ram a load of company guff down your throat all the rest of the time - suddenly gets struck dumb and can only say "no comment".

It's guaranteed to mean something's up.

And according to this we received from one insider, WorldCom and UUNet have a real employee morale problem on their hands.

Said our insider: "UUNET across EMEA exceeded a seemingly impossible sales target last year and made a good profit.

"But EMEA wide, UUNET HR (human resources) are still putting together employee consultation groups to communicate redundancy plans for staff over the next few weeks.

"It was unbelievable talking to US colleagues yesterday on the phone while they watched other colleagues packing their belongings into boxes not knowing if the same was to happen to them before the end of the day.

"Everyone at UUNET worldwide has sweated blood and tears to make UUNET the number 1 ISP in the world for corporate business only to be brought down by a "parent" company.

"Worldcom came to UUNET with promises of a better company through substantial synergies particularly with savings in telco costs for data use by UUNET.

"All it's done is created a "sick" company with a completely de-moralised work force a large number of which are rapidly losing their jobs."

Still, WorldCom's PR and HR professionals know best... ®

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