RIM layoffs could hit thousands

Originally posted on Financial Post | Business:

A round of layoffs at embattled BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. expected in the coming days could be much deeper than previously thought, potentially impacting as many as 6,000 of its workers worldwide, a source close to the company said Sunday.

The job losses are expected to be broad-based and affect RIM’s legal, marketing, sales, operations and human resources division.

“The strategic question is: are you accelerating into a better future or shrinking to a niche operation,” Reuters reported, quoting a source who declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the job cuts.

A RIM spokeswoman declined to comment. But she pointed to comments made by the company’s new chief executive, Thorsten Heins, and other management during its last quarterly results that the company planned to streamline its operations and cut $1-billion in costs.

RIM currently has about 16,500 staff worldwide, down from its peak of…

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