HP DWP strike set to be averted but more disputes at HP likely


HP DWP strike set to be averted but more disputes at HP likely

Karl Flinders

A settlement between HP and its workers at the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) could be close as HP makes an offer most union members "are going to be happy with".

Last month, HP workers at the DWP, the MoD and General Motors had voted to strike for four more days. The dispute involves pay and pensions.

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which represents the workers, told Computer Weekly the details of the settlement are still being thrashed out, but an agreement is likely. "All action has been suspended and we think workers are going to be quite happy with the offer," said a PCS spokesman.

If a compromise is reached, HP, in this case, will join Siemens and Fujitsu in avoiding strike action. Siemens workers at the BBC recently accepted a pay offer and Unite members at Fujitsu have voted in favour of accepting an offer made by the employer through ACAS.

Workers at HP and Unite members at HP CDS also recently averted planned strike action over job transfers. Workers at HP CDS, who were threatening to strike over transfers within the supplier, also made an agreement earlier this year.

But Peter Skyte, national officer at Unite, said there are likely to be more disputes at HP because of the continued "reduction of the workforce in the UK and pay cuts". He said this is being driven from the US, with no account of UK processes taken.

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