HP wants out of UK with job cull, says Unite

HP is preparing to slash a further 1,300 British jobs and wants to move its production overseas according to the Unite union.  

Unite said in a statement employees were informed of the cuts this morning but HP’s official line relates only to “potential workforce changes” which are part of the 9,000 global jobs cuts it announced back in June.

The giant has claimed the 2,000 UK job losses since then are down to cutbacks and were part of a $1bn restructuring of its services business.

In August HP wooed The Sun and others by bringing local jobs for local people to its Erskine, Renfrewshire site in Scotland – after being handed a £7 million bung by the Scottish authorities.

Doing the math we were able to figure out that the 700 jobs didn’t make up for the 934 redundancies posted earlier in the year. A rep was keen to let us know that the 934 job losses we mentioned here had been reduced to 720 after work councils consultation. A further 1,300 spits in the face of the UK workforce.

Speaking about the new wave of job cuts this morning a spokesman said: “HP is in consultation with the appropriate representative bodies within the UK regarding potential workforce changes which were announced on June 1, 2010.

“This is an initiative to transform HP’s enterprise services business to benefit clients through new offerings and improved service delivery.”

Peter Skyte, the national officer for the Unite union, said in a statement: “Despite significant profits, HP appears hell-bent on continuing to butcher its highly skilled UK workforce … Morale is at an all-time low.”