HP wields EMEA axe

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HP wields EMEA axe

Alex Scroxton

Hewlett-Packard is risking the wrath of unions across EMEA after revealing it is to cut around 7% of its combined workforce as it restructures its EDS business. Up to 12,000 jobs could be at risk in Europe.

It is understood that the vendor, which bought EDS for $13.9bn in August, plans to axe over 24,000 positions globally, with half of the redundancies expected to come in the US. The move is expected to save it around $1.8bn annually.

HP has, however, said it will replace up to half of the positions by 2011 as it plots to create a "global workforce that has the right blend of services delivery capabilities to address the diversity of its markets and customers worldwide."

Representatives of the UK's largest union, Unite, were quick to condemn the job cuts. National officer Peter Kyte said the union would 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," Skyte added.

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