HP…. IN TROUBLE WITH THE IRISH

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HP…. IN TROUBLE WITH THE IRISH

 user 2006-08-14 at 10:40:00 am Views: 39
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    HP gets in trouble with the Irish
    THE MAKER of printer ink HP is in trouble with the Bank of Ireland’s trade unions.
    In
    2003, HP signed a contract with the bank to manage its technological
    needs for a seven-year period. Under the deal Bank of Ireland workers
    had transferred to HP as part of an outsourcing detail.We reported that
    opposition at the time. The move prompted industrial action.Now HP
    wants to fire the staff it hired and outsource the banking operations
    to India as part of its plan to lose more than 6,000 jobs in Europe.The
    Sunday Times has found an internal document with details of HP’s plan.
    According to the Times HP has mightily miffed the Irish Bank Officials
    Association (IBOA).Apparently the IBOA has penned a stiff letter of
    complaint to both HP and Bank of Ireland to clarify the plans.General
    secretary of the union, Larry Broderick said that the IBOA is hugely
    concerned about the impact this would have on staff who in good faith
    transferred to HP from Bank of Ireland and will now find that their
    jobs could be outsourced.

    HP looking to offshore Bank of Ireland tech jobs
    Hewlett
    Packard (HP) is considering shifting some of the IT functions it
    manages under its outsourcing contract with Bank of Ireland to offshore
    centres in Europe and Asia.Bank of Ireland signed a seven-year $600
    million contract with HP in September 2003 following a summer of
    industrial action – including a 24-hour walk out – in protest at the
    plans to outsource IT functions and transfer employees to HP.But
    according to a Sunday Times report, HP is now considering moving some
    of the jobs that were transferred to offshore centres following a
    review of the contract, which is thought to involve a new pricing deal
    that has cut HP’s margin on the agreement.In an internal document drawn
    up by HP and dated 10 July, part of which has been seen by The Sunday
    Times, HP proposes relocating some services to offshore centres in
    Europe and Asia.The report says mid-range, mainframe, SAP, unix, NT,
    web and database services are expected to be moved to Sofia in
    Bulgaria, while management of networks, which include LAN and
    firewalls, would move to Bratislava in Slovakia. Messaging would be
    shifted to Barcelona, while all help and service desk functions would
    be moved to Bangalore.Under the terms of the IT contract signed with
    the bank in 2003, HP agreed to guarantee three years employment for
    more than 200 staff who transferred from the bank. This deadline
    expires next April, says the report.It is thought the offshoring
    proposal was drawn up by HP as part of a global restructuring scheme,
    which includes shedding almost 6000 jobs in Europe.