Feeds

IBM faces protests

Workers take their beef to the street

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Unhappy IBM workers whose jobs are disappearing later this year have taken their protests to the CEBIT computer show in Hannover.

Visitors to the show over the weekend were greeted by noisy protests from German IBM staff. Customer support workers at two IBM sites have been told their jobs will disappear from September this year. The workers warn that customers will suffer when support is offshored to Hungary or China. Development work is expected to go to local companies. Workers praised efforts by Big Blue to retrain people and find them other jobs at the firm.

One anonymous worker told IDG that the layoffs were necessary because when IBM won a support contract with Deutsche Bank in 2002 they agreed to take on Deutsche's support staff - these people have guaranteed contracts. More details here.

IBM said in a statement: ""We have announced to employees our intention to close IBM business services locations in Hannover and Schweinfurt, Germany. We are taking this action to meet the evolving needs of our clients in the most efficient manner possible. We currently are in the consultation process with the relevant works councils.

"IBM can also confirm that the two sites have approximately a total of 600 employees."®

Related stories

IBM buys Ascential
IBM to sell Lenovo kit by year-end
Why IBM needs ETL

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.