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IBM, Flybe shrinking staff in Finland

IBM aims to cut 75 jobs, while Flybe's reduction in force will be milder than expected.

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No-frills flier Flybe's Finnish operations are in a period of transition. Image: Yle

The Finnish division of IBM is reducing its workforce by 75 people, according to the Association of IT Sector Employees. Redundancy talks began about three weeks ago.

A statement posted on the union’s website, quoted on Thursday by the biweekly magazine Tietoviikko, indicates that the firm is offering pension plans and severance packages to those who leave voluntarily. If insufficient numbers of employees opt for such deals, job cuts will be imposed between January and March, it says.

Fewer jobs to go at Flybe

Meanwhile loss-making airline Flybe Finland has concluded its latest round of redundancy negotiations. Up to 25 workers are to be let go – a far cry from the original estimate of 90.

Last month, Britain’s low-cost carrier Flybe Plc announced it is selling off its 60 percent share of Flybe Finland’s parent company, Flybe Nordic, to Finnair for a nominal fee of one euro. The joint venture has handled most of Finnair’s domestic flights and some of its European routes since 2011.

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