The Unite trade union has said it will hold urgent talks with HP in an attempt to safeguard up to 1,600 UK jobs that may be at risk as a result of the vendor's restructuring programme.
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In a statement issued today, the union said it would team up with the PCS union to use "every means possible" to protect HP's British workforce from the cuts, and talked of sending HP an "unequivocal message".
"This is a devastating blow to the technology industry in the UK - a sector we need to develop to create future jobs and growth," said Unite national officer for IT and communications, Kevin O'Gallagher.
"HP is still a highly profitable compnay which is, we believe, simply aiming to cut costs to increase its marketshare and profits, while showing scant regard to its loyal and dedicated workforce," he added.
Unite claims about 4,500 of its members work from HP in functions ranging from programming, desktop support, and software engineers and architects.