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Employees protest TI layoffs in France

Posted: 06 Feb 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:layoffs  R&D  TI France 

The world continues to see more job cuts. This time Texas Instruments' French employees are protesting recent layoffs and inadequate severance packages offered by the company, according to reports.

Workers at TI France have basically gone on "strike," thereby slowing product development at the site, according to a source within the chipmaker. Seeking to resolve the matter, TI and workers at the company's French unit are in negotiations over compensation packages and other issues, but the talks appear to be hitting the wall, according to a report from the Rivera Radio Website.

As reported last week, TI said it will lay off 12 per cent of its worldwide workforce, or approximately 3,400 employees, as it restructures operations following one of the worst sequential and y-on-y quarterly performances in the history of the analogue and digital signal processor company.

The cuts affected 305 jobs at the company's French headquarters in Villeneuve-Loubet. Over 800 designers and application engineers work at the site, the home of the Wireless Communications Business Center. The site is also a key centre in the development of TI's OMAP mobile phone chip platform.

A TI source said that 35 per cent of the company's headcount in Villeneuve-Loubet will be affected by job cuts. "In this unfavourable economic context, TI decided also to discontinue efforts to sell its wireless merchant base band business," according to a statement released by TI in France.

"As a consequence, in total, 305 jobs in TI France will be impacted as part of the reorganisation project announced last October, including job impact previously communicated and those associated with the base band business. Discussions continue with employee representatives and the Works Council meeting continues progressing on the social accompanying measures," the TI statement said.

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