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Struggling GE to Cut 12,000 Jobs

Struggling GE to Cut 12,000 JobsStruggling GE to Cut 12,000 Jobs

Embattled industrial giant General Electric announced Thursday it will cut more than 12,000 blue and white collar jobs in its GE Power unit, part of a turnaround plan launched by the new company leadership, AFP reported. The layoffs will primarily hit facilities outside the United States, as part of an effort to reduce overall structural costs by $3.5 billion in 2017 and 2018, the company said. “This decision was painful but necessary for GE Power to respond to the disruption in the power market, which is driving significantly lower volumes in products and services,” GE Power chief executive Russell Stokes said in a statement. Labor leaders in affected countries balked at the announcement. “GE’s announcement that it wants to cut thousands of jobs in Europe serves no strategic purpose other than to maximize profits short-term for its shareholders,” said Klaus Stein, director of IG Metall the metalworkers’ union in Germany, where about 16% of GE’s workforce will be eliminated.


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