Motorola cuts 600 jobs in México

In its latest round of global layoffs, Motorola announced Wednesday it will cut 600 jobs in its mobile phone plant in northern México with the ending of all weekend shifts.

The plant in Chihuahua will still employ 1,900 people, working Monday thru Friday starting this week, the company said in a statement.

The layoffs are part of the global elimination of 7,000 jobs that Motorola announced last March. Since last December, the Schaumburg, Illinois-based company has dismissed a total of 22,000 workers company wide.

The job cuts this year have come in Motorola's networks sector, which provides wireless communications and broadband systems and products. Last month, the company reported that in its first fiscal quarter it had its first operating loss in 15 years, and pointed to the worldwide slowdown in IT spending that has affected the high-tech sector as a whole.

Earlier this month, Motorola confirmed it is looking for a buyer for its semiconductor production plant in South Queensferry, Scotland, and has delayed a planned move to a new plant in Dunfermline, Scotland. The company is also closing its handset production plant in Bathgate, Scotland, which could result in 3,000 workers losing their jobs.

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