* Posts by BarryProsser

4 posts • joined 15 Mar 2017

It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality


Re: Perspective of the PC developers?

Bandikoto, Thanks for the reply. No, I do not participate in any local IBM clubs. I am not aware of any IBM Clubs in the UK. I tried your link to the IBM Club in Boca. I do not meet the membership requirements to join it.


Perspective of the PC developers?

As a retired IBM UK employee, I have followed The Register’s articles for years. I like this article more than most of the ones written about IBM. I would love to hear the perspective of the IBMers who were directly involved in the PC developments 30 years ago. I doubt many of them read or participate here. Where best to engage them? Yahoo, Linkedin, Facebook, others?

IBM could have made almost all the voluntary redundancies it needed


Re: Employee Consultation Committee?

Here is what they said when the ECC was created:

"In a letter to permanent employees in UK and Ireland, Paul Simmonds, director of TSS, part of Global Technology Services, confirmed the formation of yet another Employee Consultation Committee.

“The ECC will consist of both management and employee representatives. The purpose of the ECC will be to engage in employee consultation to discuss the proposals for the organisation to meet its business objectives,” he stated in the missive."

I can believe that the ECC consisted of both management and employee reps. I cannot believe the employee reps were anything more than tokens to make it sound like employees had input into what management had already decided they wanted to do.


Employee Consultation Committee?

The Employee Consultation Committee (ECC) seemed like a good approach when it was created. It is now clear to me that it is not really a committee to consult with employees. I would have given this committee a different name based on what they have really been doing.


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