IBM in new round of layoffs

About 1,600 employees so far, says worker group

IBM has cut more than 1,600 employees and more layoffs are possible, according to an employee organization.

The news come from Alliance@IBM, which has been a reliable source of news about job actions at the company. IBM typically doesn't disclose its job reduction actions.

When contacted Wednesday night, an IBM spokesman said the company would not comment on the report. What the company has typically said in the past when job cuts were disclosed is that the action represents a "rebalancing" of its workforce.

The alliance's message board was filling up with comments from workers. Wrote one: "Manager just informed me I've been RA'd after 26 years with IBM. STG (Systems & Technology Group) division, software engineer. Sad." RA stands for resource action.

Bloomberg reported that the restructuring will cost $1 billion worldwide.

It is believed that IBM today has more employees in India , some 112,000, as of last fall than in the U.S. IBM's U.S. workforce is believed to be below 100,000.

This article, IBM in new round of layoffs , was originally published at Computerworld.com.

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