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RIM announces job cuts

Redundancies, not research, in motion at Blackberry maker
Mon Jul 25 2011, 14:51

CANADIAN GADGET MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) has decided that it needs fewer staff for its purposes and will release around two thousand of its employees back into the wild.

This might sound like a blessed release, after all the firm was recently accused of running a sweat shop with Soviet-era like working conditions, but it could be indicative of deeper problems.

Perhaps not, though. According to RIM these are not redundancies, they are part of a cost optimisation programme. This is a nice piece of semantics of course, and has been designed to be lighter on the ear than saying it's "a job centre queue optimisation programme", or a "I don't care, just get them out of my sight programme".

"In addition to the management changes outlined above, RIM today provided further details on its cost optimization program, which is focused on eliminating redundancies and reallocating resources to focus on areas that offer the highest growth opportunities and alignment with RIM's strategic objectives," said the firm in a statement.

"The workforce reduction is believed to be a prudent and necessary step for the long term success of the company and it follows an extended period of rapid growth within the company whereby the workforce had nearly quadrupled in the last five years alone. As part of this broad effort, RIM is reducing its global workforce across all functions by approximately 2,000 employees."

The company is not rushing to reveal which staff will go, and for now has only said that it will start telling workers whether they should contribute to any leaving card donations or just wait to pick up their own, later this week.

As well as polishing the boot that will expedite the departure of some 11 per cent of the company's staff, RIM's COO, Don Morrison is also planning to retire. µ


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