Motorola cuts 4,000 jobs in networking

Motorola Inc. has again cut jobs in a bid to raise the electronics company's sinking bottom line. The company Friday announced a reduction in force of 4,000 from its networks sector, bringing to 20,000 the total number of positions eliminated or outsourced in the past six months.

Most of the positions eliminated come from either the government and industrial solutions sector or the global communications sector, with jobs in the broadband communications sector impacted to a lesser degree, according to a company statement. Motorola employs about 147,000.

Motorola will complete force reduction plans or communicate its intent to affected employees by the end of the second quarter. Motorola will take an unspecified charge against first and second quarter earnings related to the job reductions.

Just ten days ago, Motorola announced job cuts of 7,000 positions in its personal communications sector, citing continuing deterioration in the mobile handset market. The company has pledged to make cuts until it trims US$2 billion from the division's manufacturing and non-manufacturing operations. Motorola also laid off 300 workers from its personal communications sector and cut 4,000 jobs from its semiconductor unit in February. In January, the company said it would end cellular phone production at its Harvard, Illinois, manufacturing plant, cutting 2,500 more jobs. And about 1,320 Motorola employees lost their jobs in December as a result of a $1 billion outsourcing deal with electronics manufacturer Celestica Inc. Celestica picked up about 1,550 of the 2,870 positions Motorola cut in the deal.

Motorola, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, can be reached at +1-847-576-5000 or via the Internet at http://www.mot.com/.

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