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Xerox CEO claims she’s underpaid, whilst company axes jobs

August 17, 2011

Ursula Burns has reportedly angered workers who may lose their jobs as she defends rolling cutbacks at the company.

Xerox CEO Ursula Burns claimed to be underpaid while defending cutbacks during a factory visit in Oregon, US, reports OBP News.

Burns was visiting an inkjet production facility at Wilsonville last week, and workers took the opportunity to appeal about impending job cuts and outsourcing.

OBP reports that around 150 workers have been without contracts since July, and the OEM is planning a raft of cuts including removing the worker’s five sick days a year, reducing wages for half of the union employees, and making half of the positions temporary. 

The workers are represented by trade union SEIU local 49, and union member Gary Daniels was among those voicing anger.

"The cuts are unacceptable,” he said. “I mean I wouldn't be able to survive with my family with what they're proposing. I mean I just can't do it. It's going to be almost impossible."

During a Q&A session at a tropical-themed company picnic, Burns answered questions from staff. One worker asked how she could justify the cuts with her own multi-million dollar salary.

"She even actually said that she was underpaid,” Daniels said, adding: “People's reaction to that was very negative."

Asked if there had been shouting in reaction to the comment, he said: “There was some booing. Not much. I think a lot of people were nervous. She doesn't come out here that often."

The Wilsonville facility was acquired from Tektronix by Xerox 11 years ago, and currently employs around 1500 people locally.

 

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