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Oracle fires 200 staff in Beijing, accused of “pleasing Trump”

Staff from Oracle’s research and development department in Beijing have accused the company of cutting jobs to get in the good graces of US President-Elect Donald Trump. Around 200 employees have been asked to leave their job by March 31.

Reportedly, the staff at Oracle’s storage and operating system unit in Beijing received an email on Friday night informing them of the layoffs. In response to the news, employees are accusing the company of trying to please Trump.

Speaking to Global Times, an employee described the move as “a cut-off to retain job opportunities for the people in the US.”

News website Sixth Tone reports that angry staff members put up a banner in the Beijing office that reads: “Moving the labour force to please Trump! We are against Oracle discriminating against Chinese workers by cold-bloodedly cutting jobs ahead of the new year.”

Oracle denies the claims and told the Global Times that the layoffs are part of the company’s global plan to trim its workforce.

This article was originally published in Human Resources Online.

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