Unions say they will use “every means necessary” to protect vital and high-skilled jobs

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Unite is to hold urgent talks with Hewlett-Packard to safeguard up to 1,600 jobs under threat in the UK.

Hewlett-Packard is to cut 27,000 jobs across the globe by the end of 2014, and Unite believes up to eight per cent of the UK’s workforce of 20,000 are under threat.

Unite’s national officer for IT and communications Kevin O’Gallagher said: “This is a devastating blow to the technology industry in the UK – a sector we need to develop to create future jobs and growth.

“We will be working with the PCS union to use every means possible to protect these vital and high-skilled jobs. We hope to arrange meetings with the senior management, both in the UK and with the global business leaders, as soon as possible to set out our alternatives.

“HP is still a highly profitable company which is, we believe, simply aiming to cut costs to increase both its market share and profits, while showing scant regard to its loyal and dedicated workforce.”

PCS officer Peter Olech said: “This latest news from HP gives the clearest sign that workers need to be organised in trade unions to resist such attacks on jobs and conditions.

“We are prepared to send an unequivocal message to HP that job cuts and compulsory redundancies will be resisted with every tool at our disposal, including industrial action if necessary.”

Unite has about 4,500 members working for the company, including computer programmers, desk top support, software engineers and software architects.

Hewlett-Packard’s UK offices are at Bracknell, Berkshire, Bristol, Derby, Dublin, London, Manchester and Sheffield.


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