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Compaq axes UK jobs in post-merger cull

Compaq is cutting 650 jobs at its PC and server plant in Erskine, Scotland, as part of 1,600 redundancies in the UK following the...

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Compaq is cutting 650 jobs at its PC and server plant in Erskine, Scotland, as part of 1,600 redundancies in the UK following the merger with Hewlett-Packard.

Earlier this week HP announced that it would axe 5,900 jobs across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. HP chairman and chief executive officer Carly Fiorina said that 15,000 jobs would be cut across the combined company worldwide.

Danny Carrigan, Scottish regional secretary for the Amicus trade union, said: "This is devastating news for the workforce and comes as a major blow on the eve of the holiday period."

"We must stem the tide of manufacturing jobs being lost. This is another nail in the coffin of Silicon Glen and is bad news for the Scottish economy."

Mobile phone firm Motorola made more than 3,000 of its workforce redundant when it closed its factory at Bathgate, West Lothian in April, and NEC also laid off 600 staff in Livingston.

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