WorldCom to cut 1,000 jobs in Europe

WorldCom plans to cut some 1,000 jobs in Europe as part of a reorganization of its telecommunication operations and those of its data network subsidiary UUNet Technologies, the company said Tuesday.

The decision "stems from reduced capital expenditures anticipated from the completion of WorldCom's international networks as well as the streamlining of duplicative staff functions in multiple countries," WorldCom said in a brief statement.

"It's an approximate number, and we will not disclose a detailed number before we disclose that to the employees," said spokesman Stephan Deutsch. He refused to say how many employees the company currently has in Europe.

Deutsch declined to specify in which countries the job cuts might take place, adding that the distribution is contingent on a consultation process with employee councils required by law in the various countries.

In the second quarter WorldCom posted lower net income for its data services division, and a loss in its long-distance business, citing pricing pressures and stiff competition.

WorldCom reportedly laid off some 6,000 U.S. employees earlier this year, but Deutsch declined to confirm an exact number.

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