Unisys Australia staff face uncertain future

Unisys Australia staff face uncertain future

Close to 3000 staff employed by Unisys Australia face an uncertain future following the announcement that the vendor plans to slash 1400 jobs worldwide.

Half of the layoffs will be in the US and the remaining cuts will bespread across international offices with the focus on shedding administrative positions rather than technical or sales roles.

Unisys spokesperson Elizabeth Douglass confirmed that Unisys employs 2709 staff in Australia which represents 3.8 percent of the company's 37000 employees globally.

Douglass did not know when a formal announcement on local cuts will be made and Unisys managing director for the Asia Pacific, Andrew Barkla was unwilling to comment.

"The reductions will be global, which reflects the scope of our operations with about half occurring outside of the US," Douglass said, adding that Unisys expects to save around $US70 million as a result of the cost-cutting exercise.

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