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IBM axing US jobs, union claims

IBM is cutting over 1,300 jobs in the US, a trade union trying to organise workers at the company said this week.

IBM is cutting over 1,300 jobs in the US, a trade union trying to organise workers at the company said this week.

According to a report on the Alliance at IBM group's web site, IBM is cutting 1,315 staff, plus an unknown number of contractors, from a range of fields, including server systems operations, technology integration, and global account delivery.

The job cuts "should not be a surprise" an IBM spokesman told Reuters, pointing out the company had committed to cutting costs in the US. Chief financial officer (CFO) Mark Loughbridge said following last month's results that the firm would address its US cost base "including a basic focus on resource and cost management disciplines".

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