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Mar 20 2009   5:03PM GMT

Avaya starts layoffs

Shamus McGillicuddy Shamus McGillicuddy Profile: Shamus McGillicuddy

This week I’ve been hearing rumors that Avaya has laid off a bunch of employees this month. Avaya went private back in 2007, so I doubt they’ll release any specific information on the extent of the layoffs and where they are occurring. But I did reach out to their PR folks to ask them what was going on.

Lynn Newman, Avaya’s director of corporate communications sent me this statement.

In December, we told our employees we’d be reducing the size of our workforce in response to the global economic slowdown The notifications about reductions are happening in different regions at different times.

Avaya’s situation isn’t unique. Plenty of companies that play in the UC market are having layoffs, just like any other industry. Microsoft and Cisco both laid people off a few months ago. No one is immune, sadly.

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