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Unite condemns Hewlett-Packard jobs cull

Antony Savvas

Unite, the UK's largest union, has today condemned Hewlett Packard's announcement that it intends to shed 24,600 staff globally in a re-structuring programme.

The union fears a large number of the cuts will be made in the UK. There is speculation that 10% of the workforce in the UK will be cut, the equivalent of around 1,500 jobs. Around half the total job cull will go in the US.

The jobs cuts follow HP's £7.22bn acquisition of IT services firm EDS.

Peter Skyte, Unite national officer, said, "We urge HP to provide a detailed plan for the re-structuring programme and we will push for redeployment and re-skilling of the existing workforce in the event of re-organisation, as has been done previously at EDS.

"Unite is not against change, but we will oppose any compulsory redundancies. We will closely monitor the impact of this proposal announced by HP and take all possible steps to safeguard the interests of our members and the workforce," said Skyte.

"We will be seeking an urgent meeting with HP management to find out exactly what the company's intentions are. To date we are dissatisfied with the lack of information provided by HP and EDS," he said.

HP has UK sites at Belfast, Birmingham, Bracknell, Bristol, Derby, Erskine, London and Warrington.

HP said it will replace about half the redundant positions over the next three years "to create a global workforce that has the right blend of service delivery capabilities to address the diversity of its markets and customers worldwide".


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