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As I indicated in May, I spent the last few months fearing for my job.

I work for a relatively independent branch of the state railway, which already suffered through a number of company "restructurings" (for example in 2007) which invariably meant a reduction of the workforce and denial of investment. In the last two years, our main problem was that we lacked certain certifications (no funds or manpower to do the paperwork), and the resulting loss of some customers pushed us into the red. So – as we finally learnt from various unofficial sources a few weeks ago – the top management saw us as good candidates for lay-offs in the next "restructuring", until some of our in-company customers told that we are needed and have no alternative (at least not anywhere near our price level). So as "compromise" it was decided that our profile shall be streamlined and the workforce reduced accordingly.

That hit us heavier than expected. We were invited to an "informative meeting". Well that lasted a single minute. Then the top management guy told that now they want to meet every single of us eye-to-eye for at most ten minutes. Almost half of us received their dismissal in those 'meetings' and were told to quit work the very next day. I wasn't among them, and it was horrible to feel relieved sitting next to the fired soon-to-be-ex-colleagues. Oh, and how surprised the management guys were that instead of going home in single file, the whole group sat through the hours and waited until everyone finished.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Jul 8th, 2014 at 02:02:15 PM EST
Shit, I'm sorry you're going through this.

Of course, you realise that this isn't over, don't you?

Once a company starts cutting into operational effectiveness, there's only one outcome

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jul 8th, 2014 at 02:13:54 PM EST
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Financial capitalism and neoliberal ideology don't need engineers.

Have you read Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections? It's partly in praise of railway engineers.

Glad you got through, but the whole story is chilling.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jul 8th, 2014 at 02:28:44 PM EST
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Sucks. And of course Management doesn't understand loyalty and cohesion and emotional support -- no surprise there. I'm sorry for the others but was holding my breath until you said you weren't fired.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Jul 8th, 2014 at 04:24:19 PM EST
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