RIM to Lay Off 2,000 or More Employees as Part of Major Global Restructuring

Waterloo’s Research In Motion is slated to lay off a minimum of 2,000 employees in the coming weeks as part of a major global restructuring, according to several people close to the company. RIM has roughly 16,500 employees worldwide.

If true—and it seems that it cannot be false judging by the quantity of inside sources—this will be RIM’s second significant downsizing in the past year.

And one former RIM executive is quoted as saying in The Globe and Mail that the BlackBerry maker has been secretly firing people “for months” outside of the mass layoffs.

RIM refuses comment on the layoffs, dismissing them as “speculation,” the company does not respond to.