HP FACES WORKER STRIKE IN THE UK

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HP FACES WORKER STRIKE IN THE UK

 user 2009-11-03 at 12:01:33 pm Views: 68
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    HP FACES WORKER STRIKE IN THE UK !
    Britain’s biggest trade union, Unite, is now taking votes from
    Hewlett-Packard staff who want to take strike action against their
    employer as the firm recently made changes to the status of various
    engineers and support specialists.The union announced the action when HP
    said that they planned changes to staffing regulations, meaning that
    150 people in their IT services division would have to shift jobs,
    losing their final salary pension schemes and benefits worth around
    £2,000 each.”Our members face cuts to their pay and pensions and have no
    choice other than to begin an industrial action ballot. This is the
    latest in a series of attacks by the company on our members’ pay and
    conditions, while senior executives and shareholders do very well
    indeed,” said Peter Skyte, a Unite national officer. “Unite remains
    willing to seek a resolution to this dispute with HP, but not on the
    basis that one employee’s pay cut results in an HP executive’s pay and
    bonus increase.”The company reported profits just a little short of £1
    billion in the last quarter, and claim that the European demand for
    computer hardware has been lower than anywhere else in the world.The
    company has already confirmed that it is cutting some UK staff, but has
    not confirmed numbers. Unite expects 850 jobs to go. HP has already axed
    jobs at EDS and has repeatedly cut salaries for those staff still
    employed.Unite has already taken on the likes of IBM and Fujitsu over
    pensions and job losses. If the ballot is successful it will be the
    first time HP faces a British strike from their staff.