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Siemens to cut 7,000 jobs at telecom biz

Date: 2/26/2008 2:32:56 AM

Industrial conglomerate Siemens AG will cut 7,000 jobs from its corporate telecommunications unit Siemens Enterprise Networks, officials with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press on Monday.

The cuts would amount to about 40 percent of the telecom units worldwide work force of 17,500 people. Four thousand jobs would be eliminated outright while 3,000 other workers would be shifted to other units or to company partners, according to the officials who asked not to be identified by name because the official announcement had not yet been made.

SEN designs largescale communications systems for corporations, but has come under pressure from the availability of cheaper Internetbased telephone systems which has eaten away at its customer base and sales.

The Munichbased company intends to announce the cuts Tuesday after a meeting of its economic advisory committee, according to the officials.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported the planned cuts on Sunday.

Siemens, whose diverse products include trams, turbines and telecommunications equipment, will eliminate 4,000 jobs in the unit worldwide with 2,000 of those cuts coming in Germany, its home market, according to the officials. Another 3,000 workers, including 1,000 in Germany, will be shifted to other units owned by Siemens or to company partners, they said.

Shares of Siemens rose 1.2 percent to close at 88.70 euros ($131.56) in trading Monday in Frankfurt.

The move is part of chief executive Peter Loeschers efforts to reorganize and streamline the conglomerate, which has been wracked by allegations of bribery and fraud.

One of Loeschers goals saw him reorganize Siemens corporate structure into three units — health care, automation and infrastructure, and energy.

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