An anonymous reader writes: IBM has initiated a new training program that will cut the pay of participating employees by 10%. A memo detailing the new program was sent last week to affected IBM employees in its Global Technology Services strategic outsourcing group. It begins by telling the worker that an assessment has revealed "that some managers and employees have not kept pace with acquiring the skills and expertise needed to address changing client needs, technology and market requirements." It then tells the recipient that "you have been identified as one of these employees," and says that from mid-October through the end of March, "you will dedicate up to one day per week," or up to 23 working days total, "to focus on learning and development." But IBM is coupling this training with a six month salary reduction. The key statement in the memo is this: "While you spend part of your workweek on learning and development activities, you will receive 90% of your current base salary."