IRELAND: HP TO LAY-OFF ANOTHER 120 EMPLOYEES

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IRELAND: HP TO LAY-OFF ANOTHER 120 EMPLOYEES

 user 2009-03-10 at 11:15:27 am Views: 67
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    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0305/1224242304963.html
    Kildare facility to lay off 120 contract workers
    HEWLETT-PACKARD:
    ABOUT 120 contract staff at Hewlett-Packard’s Kildare facility are to
    lose their jobs.The company confirmed last night the staff concerned
    were to be let go, but said the job losses would have happened
    regardless of the economic situation as the fixed-term contracts had
    come to an end.“Hewlett-Packard (Manufacturing) Limited, Dublin Inkjet
    Operation continually reviews its business and makes changes to improve
    its cost structure and to drive efficiencies that will help grow the
    business,” the company said.“As part of this process HP Manufacturing
    does work with suppliers to contract flexible workers for temporary
    positions to meet the changing needs of our business and demand cycles.
    HP confirms that 120 contract positions will have ended recently as
    part of normal work adjustments . . .”

    In January, HP wrote to
    staff at its at the inkjet manufacturing plant in Leixlip, Co Kildare,
    asking them to take eight days leave during March or April so it could
    temporarily shut the plant.The affected staff represented one-third of
    the 4,000-strong workforce. The company plans to close the
    manufacturing plant for a time between St Patrick’s Day and Easter,
    with staff requested to take annual or unpaid leave.The job losses come
    as other companies in the high-tech sector look at rationalising
    operations to cut costs. The most devastating job losses were at Dell
    Ireland in Limerick in January, where more than 1,900 workers lost
    their jobs.Last month, Intel announced it would cut its Irish staff
    numbers by 200-300 workers. The multinational is implementing a
    cost-cutting plan which saw it close five factories in the US, the
    Philippines and Malaysia in January.