IBM Germany will finally transfer as many as 500 employees to Bechtle Onsite Services this April, putting an end to a year-long negotiation between the two firms.
German workers' council Verdi claims that transfer documents have been signed by both parties, which will see employees from IBM's global technology services (GTS) arm move over to the Neckarsulm-based reseller.
"The deal is signed and something like 400 to 500 people will be transferred from IBM in April in Germany," Verdi representative Bert Stach told CPI.
"Bechtle not only takes the employees but they also take the deals from IBM. The employees will just have a different employer on their pay check, they will be doing the same work under Bechtle as they are doing today."
Stach said the majority of the employees involved in the move are software implementation specialists.
Negotiations between IBM, Bechtle and Verdi have been ongoing since the beginning of last year. Stach was sceptical when he spoke to us in September that the deal would even go ahead as Bechtle was pushing for employees to sign new contracts instead of matching their contract agreements with IBM.
The deal would mark the largest employee transfer between Bechtle and IBM for at least 14 years. In 2013, Bechtle took on 60 employees from Big Blue, after taking on 100 technicians in 2005.
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