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eBay eliminates nearly half of its German staff

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15:37 CEST+02:00
Internet auction website eBay announced on Thursday it was eliminating 400 of its 1,000 jobs in Germany due to restructuring its European customer service operations.

The US company said customer service for non-German speaking countries would be moved to Dublin, leaving only 600 positions at its offices on the edge of Berlin.

“Customer service for our customers in Germany will still be done from Germany,” eBay Vice President Deborah Davis said in a statement. “Germany is eBay's second biggest market worldwide, and we will account for its huge importance accordingly.”

Following discussions with the workers council in Germany, eBay will begin with the layoffs it deems necessary to remain competitive.

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The auction site said it hoped to have the restructuring process completed by the middle of 2010.

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