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General Motors idles Detroit plant, lays off 1,500 workers

Detroit - General Motors confirmed on Thursday it was idling its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for six weeks starting in mid-November and will cut car production by about 20 percent when the plant reopens.

Drive towards the cloud leads Microsoft to layoff thousands

Microsoft is poised to layoff thousands of employees as it embarks on a restructuring of its global sales team. According to several reports published in the past week, the layoffs are connected to Microsoft's intent to double down on cloud software.

Sears Canada files for creditor protection

Montr - Sears Canada filed for court protection from creditors Thursday as the onetime retail giant seeks to adapt to a changed landscape and tougher online competition.

Ford to cut 10% of global workforce: report

New York - US auto giant Ford is poised to cut thousands of jobs worldwide, with reductions expected to total about 10 percent of its global workforce, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday.

GM to lay off 1,100 as it shifts production and cuts third shift

Lansing - General Motors Company will lay off 1,100 employees in May at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant in Michigan when it cuts the third shift.

Twitter plans to layoff hundreds of employees

Twitter is reportedly planning to layoff as much as eight percent of its staff, or around 300 employees. The news comes after Twitter failed to find a potential buyer.

New job cuts expected by ailing tech giant Yahoo

Sunnyvale - Ailing Internet giant Yahoo could cut 15 percent of its workforce and close several business units in a cost-cutting move expected to be announced tomorrow.

Major pharmaceutical companies announce big layoffs

We are only into the early days of 2016 but this hasn’t slowed the actions of companies doing anything to protect their share prices. Two big pharmaceutical companies have already announced plant closures and layoffs.

Four Air France employees sacked over shirt-ripping incident

Paris - Air France said Thursday it had sacked four employees and started dismissal proceedings against a union representative over chaotic scenes last month when two of its executives had their shirts shredded by angry staff.

Round-up of the week's pharmaceutical industry news

Digital Journal has assessed the key developments in the pharmaceutical sector this week and brings you the latest company mergers, suspect business practices, and ‘structural adjustments.’

Biogen lays off 880 workers

Pharmaceutical company Biogen, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts , has laid off 880 employees in a large restructuring move. The company also plans to halt some drug development projects.

Five Air France workers face trial in December

Paris - Five Air France employees will stand trial on December 2 for their alleged role in violent scenes last week during which one of the struggling airline's executives had his shirt ripped off.

Six arrested over Air France violence

Paris - Six Air France employees were arrested Monday for their alleged roles in a violent protest that forced an executive for the struggling airline to flee an angry mob after his shirt was ripped off.

Arrests over Air France violence angers unions, left

Paris - Six Air France employees were arrested Monday for their role in a violent protest that forced an executive for the struggling airline to flee an angry mob after his shirt was ripped off.

Most French 'understand' irate Air France workers: Poll

Paris - A majority of French people "understand" the behaviour of striking Air France workers who attacked two of the airline's managers this week, ripping their clothes, a poll to be published Sunday showed.

Monsanto on defensive over lawsuits as it lays off 2,600 workers

Monsanto has been put on the defensive and is coming out fighting after two U.S. farm workers filed lawsuits last month, claiming the chemical in Roundup causes cancer. At the same time, the seed company is laying off 12 percent of its workforce.

Hollande warns Air France violence 'could harm country's image'

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday scenes of Air France executives fleeing an angry mob after having their shirts ripped off by striking workers were "unacceptable" and put the country's image at risk.

Air France executive 'almost lynched' in job cut protests

Paris - Air France's human resources manager had his shirt stripped from his body as he was "almost lynched" on Monday by workers protesting a plan to cut 2,900 jobs from the struggling airline.

Amazon laying off hardware staff after $170m Fire Phone failure

Dozens of Amazon engineers responsible for its failed attempt to enter the smartphone market with the Fire Phone are being told they are no longer required, according to a report today. The company is reorganising its general hardware efforts.

Cutbacks at coffee pod giant hit small Vermont town

Waterbury - Cutbacks at Keurig Green Mountain Inc., the people behind the single-cup pod brewers that revolutionized how coffee is made across the country, could mean trouble for the tiny Vermont town they have called home since 1995.

BlackBerry announces global layoffs in next stage of turnaround

Phone company BlackBerry has announced that it will be starting off a new wave of layoffs as it progresses into the next stage of its ongoing turnaround strategy. The company's success has fallen dramatically in the face of powerful smartphone rivals.

Microsoft lays off hundreds more employees in restructuring plan

Microsoft has laid off hundreds more employees amid its continuing "restructuring" plan started last summer by CEO Satya Nadella. It is unknown exactly how many have been affected by the latest round of cuts.

Youth makeup company Bonne Bell closing shop

Westlake - Back in the 70s and 80s every teen girl had at least one tube of Lip Smackers in her purse. The coveted colourful tubes contained lip gloss with flavours like Dr Pepper and Sour Grapes has been manufactured by Bonne Bell since 1973.

Imperial Tobacco announces closure of UK, French factories

Paris - Imperial Tobacco on Tuesday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs, citing declining sales in Europe, tougher anti-smoking measures and the growth of contraband sales.

Citigroup cuts 200-300 jobs: report

New York - US bank Citigroup has cut between 200 and 300 additional jobs, most in the global markets business, The Wall Street Journal reports.Some of the employees were fired, while others left voluntarily.

Philip Morris to close Dutch factory, lose 1,200 jobs

The Hague - Tobacco giant Philip Morris said on Friday it wants to close its factory in the Netherlands later this year at the cost of 1,230 jobs, blaming a "severe decline" in sales.

Ford's Russian joint venture to cut third of jobs as sales fall

Saint Petersburg - Ford's Russian joint venture said Wednesday it plans to cut a third of its staff at its factory outside the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg due to falling sales.

Finnair may shed hundreds of jobs to cut losses

Helsinki - Finnish national carrier Finnair said Thursday that negotiations were underway with staff that could lead to the loss of 680 jobs.

Britain's Royal Mail says to cut 1,600 jobs

London - Britain's main postal operator Royal Mail on Tuesday said it planned to axe 1,600 jobs under a fresh cost-cutting drive six months after the group was partly privatised.Royal Mail said in a statement that most of the jobs to go would be in management, ...

BNP Paribas to cut 1,600 posts at Ukrainian bank

Paris - French bank BNP Paribas said Monday it plans to cut 1,600 jobs at its Ukrainian unit UkrSibBank by 2015 due to political uncertainty in the country.A presentation for investors published on its website cited a "challenging environment bolstered by poli...
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