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HP announces another 5,700 job cuts

Rebecca Thomson

HP has confirmed that it will reduce its workforce by 5,700 across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) over the next two years.

It will start consulting with representatives in each country in the second half of June, although it said it was not yet known how many would come from the UK.

It said in a statement, "The break-down of affected positions in businesses and functions on country level will be evaluated in the coming weeks."

However union Unite yesterday said HP is moving some of its manufacturing work from Scotland to the Czech Republic, with the loss of around 800 jobs.

The company said, "HP has presented a plan to relocate its EMEA Enterprise, Storage and Servers (ESS) production from Germany and Scotland to a partner company in the Czech Republic during 2010."

The cuts are in addition to previously announced losses. HP has around 80,000 employees in EMEA.

The company said, "HP will continue to transform its business on an ongoing basis to ensure the company builds a strong future for its customers, partners and employees."


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