IBM and German reseller giant Bechtle have closed a deal to offload hundreds of the vendor's staff, one year after the proposal was first announced.
Delays were initiated by the German workers' council, Verdi. Last September, a Verdi spokesperson told CPI that there were doubts about whether the deal would go ahead at all.
The trade union said that negotiations around salaries, working hours and holiday were strained.
However, with the settlement now finalised, 350 IBM employees will join Bechtle from the start of next month. The deal will also see the firm's onsite services division take on infrastructure services for IBM Germany.
IBM said that the transfer will not affect any current contracts between IBM and its customers.
Bechtle's onsite services managing director Jörg Öynhausen pointed to the reseller's 34-year-long relationship with IBM.
"We are excited to be taking our very successful partnership with IBM to the next level," he said.
"For our mutual customers, our enhanced partnership forms a sturdy foundation for future-oriented and secure datacentre and infrastructure services they can rely on."
The Neckarsulm-headquartered reseller claims it was one IBM's first systems integration partners in Germany.
It's not the first time IBM has offloaded staff in this way.
In 2005, it transferred more than 100 strategic outsourcing staff to Bechtle. They were followed in 2013 by over 50 employees from IBM's business services division.
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