Massive lay-offs at IBM due to offshoring to AsiaPhoto: IBM Poughkeepsie plant employees protesting lay-offs (courtesy of Poughkeepsie Journal, 2009)

Massive job cuts have been reported at IBM in the USA, earlier this year. [email protected]/CWA calculated that the company laid off at least 1,052 workers, or about 1 percent of IBM's 105,000-person U.S. work force, in March 2010. Alliance further states that in March 2009, at a previous wave of lay-offs, 10,000 IBM USA jobs were lost. Alliance is contributing the cuts to IBM's continued efforts to move work offshore.

Massive lay-offs at IBM due to offshoring to AsiaPhoto: IBM Poughkeepsie plant employees protesting lay-offs (courtesy of Poughkeepsie Journal, 2009)

Massive job cuts have been reported at IBM in the USA, earlier this year. [email protected]/CWA calculated that the company laid off at least 1,052 workers, or about 1 percent of IBM's 105,000-person U.S. work force, in March 2010. Alliance further states that in March 2009, at a previous wave of lay-offs, 10,000 IBM USA jobs were lost. Alliance is contributing the cuts to IBM's continued efforts to move work offshore. These figures are based in the  first place on information provided by workers posting on the Alliance website. Alliance has put in place 'resource action packages'- human resource documents identifying job cuts.

Alliance moreover presents telling figures on the shrinking IBM US employee population, pointing out that at the same time IBM was buying companies. These figures are based on IBM's annual reports and other sources:

2009: 105,000
2008: 115,000
2007: 121,000
2006: 127,000
2005: 133,789

Figures are also presented regarding the places where IBM hired in 2009:
Asia/Pacific: 13,376
CEEMEA: 3,988
Europe: 2,923
India: 18,873
Japan: 868
Latin America: 7,112
USA: 3,514
Canada: 820

Alliance has been calling upon Sam Palmisano of IBM to stop offshoring IBM's USA jobs. Moreover, full transparency is required, of how many jobs have been offshored, from what IBM US division and location, and where the jobs have been shifted to. Alliance is also calling upon the US government to stop giving tax breaks for companies that shift jobs offshore. See website.

See a number of videos posted on YouTube, showing how IBM draws criticism for job cuts.

 

[email protected]/CWA Local 1701 is an IBM employee organization that is dedicated to preserving and improving our rights and benefits at IBM. We also strive towards restoring management's respect for the individual and the value we bring to the company as employees. Our mission is to make our voice heard with IBM management, shareholders, government and the media. While our ultimate goal is collective bargaining rights with IBM, we will build our union now and challenge IBM on the many issues facing employees from off-shoring and job security to working conditions and company policy.

The website 'IBM Employee News and Links' provides news and links for IBM employees, retirees, ex-employees, and persons interested in pension, retirement, off-shoring and corporate governance issues. Employees are posting angry messages regarding the job cuts they are facing at this digital message board.