Unions slam HP plans to cut 1,300 as butchery


Unions slam HP plans to cut 1,300 as butchery

Simon Quicke

Hewlett-Packard is set to shed 1,300 jobs and move production overseas bringing the total jobs axed in just the past two years to almost 4,000.

The moves have been described as "butchery" by the union Unite which has already spent the summer complaining about the 900 juob cuts which were announced in June and take place by the end of this month.

Sadly the spat between Unite and HP has rumbled on for months as the vendor shows no sign of easing back on job cuts and a strategy of using cheaper overseas labour.

Peter Skyte, national officer at Unite, said that there was a contrast between the financial position of the vendor and its determination to trim staff costs.

"Despite significant profits HP appears hell-bent on continuing to butcher its highly skilled UK workforce," he said.

"It is increasingly difficult for HP employees in the UK to plan for their futures when the threat of redundancy is continually hanging over their heads," he added.

In response HP said the cuts were part of the 9,000 that were announced in June and it had been working with the necessary bodies to ensure those staff changes were handled smoothly.

"HP is in consultation with the appropriate representative bodies within the UK regarding potential workforce changes which were announced on 1 June 2010. This is an initiative to transform HP's enterprise services business to benefit clients through new offerings and improved service delivery," it stated.

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