HP strike off as supplier agrees to talk


HP strike off as supplier agrees to talk

Karl Flinders

A planned strike by HP workers has been called off after the IT supplier agreed to meet the union representatives for talks.

The workers, who are based at the Department of Work and Pensions, were due to walk out for one day on 10 December.

A spokesman at the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents the workers, said a new round of talks between the PCS and HP will take place on 16 December.

"We hope we can reach an agreement because strike action is always a last resort," he said. "We hope HP will address the pay and job security concerns of workers."

The staff, who previously worked for EDS which HP acquired, are part of the HP Enterprise Services division. They work on IT contracts for the Department for Work and Pensions in locations including as Newcastle, Washington and Preston.

HP said that out of 914 ballot papers, 358 workers voted in favour of the strike, while 100 voted against. The remaining papers were either not returned or spoilt.

Since HP acquired EDS in August 2008, there have been 3,400 job losses. There have also been pay freezes, despite the supplier making large profits.

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