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HP workers on strike again

HP workers have gone on strike for two days across the North of England as a dispute over pay and job security issues rumbles on.

The walk out on 8 and 9 March involves former EDS staff at HP Enterprise Services who work on contracts with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Defence.

The action follows a one-day strike, involving up to 1,000 members of the PCS union, which also hit the Ministry of Defence and General Motors.

HP has cut about 3,400 staff since it acquired EDS in 2008, despite HP reporting massive profits, the union said.

Since the action on 22 January, the union and HP management have met twice but been unable to resolve the issues. "There has not been sufficient movement from management to settle the dispute, and with the full backing of the union's national disputes committee, and the EDS GEC, the strike committee have called further action in an attempt to win improvements," said the PCS.


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