European Commission To Meet With Microsoft Representatives To Get More Info On Layoffs

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Microsoft yesterday revealed their plans for the largest job cuts in their history. Microsoft is planning to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs by next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft also revealed that they will be annoucing the first 13,000 positions in the next 6 months. Microsoft will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations.

European Commission has asked to meet Microsoft to discuss about the layoffs announcement. Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor has said the following regarding this matter,

“I have asked to meet with Microsoft representatives as soon as possible in order to get more information on the planned redundancies and the measures to alleviate the social consequences, as well as to explore how to mobilise EU funding in support of the workers concerned,”

He also revealed that Microsoft had committed to working with governments and workers representatives, to find them work elsewhere, including in the company.

Source: Euractiv

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  • bh4ks

    I say the EU themself may need to get rid of some of the bureaucrats.

  • TheCyberKnight

    The EU Commission will probably blame Microsoft again and fine them for laying European people off.

  • KEVIN

    Let me guess layoffs are frowned upon by the EU .

    • Thomas

      In most of Europe we don’t have the US American mentality of hire and fire, yes. And that’s good. We left the Manchester capitalism behind sometime in the 19th century.

  • LexicoRed

    So this is why Ballmer spent Billions $ on buying Nokia so MS could lay-off workers. This has to final put to rest how bad if a CEO he was. Even his biggest apologists can no longer support him seeing this mess.

    • Avatar Roku

      Nadella is the one doing the layoffs, he never wanted Nokia, doesn’t want to make hardware. Ballmer never wanted this to happen. Nadella is the villain here.

      • LexicoRed

        Wrong. Nadella is clean up Ballmer crap pie left when he was push out by a board that saw he was creating a mess. We need to be thankful we have a CEO willing to face the dirt rather then waste even more resources of the company pursuing a bad strategy. One an idiot fails to see this fact at this point in time.

  • AdyMarty

    fine after fines now they are concerned about the layoffs