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HP will axe over 1,100 jobs in the UK due to 'falling demand'

Cuts set to begin in early 2014
Wed Dec 04 2013, 14:03
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PC MAKER HP plans to axe more than 1,100 jobs at three of its UK sites in 2014, the Unite union announced on Wednesday.

The 1,124 job cuts will take place across HP's UK workplaces, including Bracknell, Sheffield and Warrington.

However, Unite said that many of these job cuts will affect HP employees who work from home, although we're not sure that makes the situtation better.

Unite national officer Ian Tonks said, "For the last five years HP has been addicted to a culture of job cuts in the UK to such an extent that its highly skilled workforce has little faith in the way the company is being managed and will be going forward.

"Unite will be doing everything possible to mitigate these job losses which are a hammer blow to the UK's IT sector and very distressing for employees in the run-up to Christmas."

The reason for the job cuts is still not entirely clear. HP cited "reorganisation" and "falling demand", despite being one of the only PC makers in the third quarter to show sales growth, while rivals Acer and Asus posted massive declines in PC shipments.

Tonks continued to condemn the job cuts, adding, "At the recent re-negotiation of the European works council (EWC), senior European managers were unable to answer any questions about the future EWC, as they could not get hold of their American bosses because of last week's Thanksgiving holiday. It's no wonder there is so little faith in the European management."

HP has yet to announce when the job cuts will commence, but reports claim they will begin in early 2014.

A HP spokesperson said in a statement, "HP commenced consultation for Q1 FY14 on November 28th, 2013 in the UK regarding potential workforce changes for 2014.

"The proposed UK workforce management plan is part of HP’s global multi-year productivity initiative that was announced on May 23, 2012, and updated at its Securities Analysts Meeting on October 9, 2013, to address current market and business pressures in support of HP's turnaround in EMEA.

"HP remains committed to supporting the employability of its employees through a number of internal initiatives, including re-skilling, redeployment and support to obtain alternative employment as appropriate." µ


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