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 user 2009-06-05 at 3:26:46 pm Views: 66
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    Hewlett-Packard condemned over ‘disgusting’ job cuts at Scots plant
    COMPUTER giants Hewlett-Packard were slammed last night after confirming they are to axe 700 Scottish jobs.All production at their plant in Erskine, Renfrewshire, is to stop and the work transferred to the Czech Republic.

    Around 600 staff will be kept on in call centre and service roles.
    Paisley and Renfrewshire North Labour MP Jim Sheridan branded the cuts “disgusting”.And there was anger among the workers, many of whom only learned of the decision after reading yesterday’s Daily Record.The US firm say the move is part of restructuring in Europe, the Middle East and Africa which will see 5700 jobs lost.It follows the ending of the nightshift at Erskine and, in some cases, a five per cent drop in workers’ wages.

    The jobs will be shed from February next year.
    Sheridan said: “This will be devastating news for those workers and their families affected by the announcement who have helped to generate pre-tax profits of £5.2billion for HP in 2008.”It effectively means the company are abandoning their skilled Scottish workforce to cut costs by moving manufacturing to the Czech Republic.”First Minister Alex Salmond, in a response at Holyrood to local MSP Trish Godman, said: “A substantial number of Hewlett-Packard operations will continue in Scotland in terms of supply chain management, customer support and the business group headquarters.”Discussions will take place with Hewlett-Packard in terms of the protection and, indeed, the enhancement of the headquar-terfunctions that will remain in Erskine.”

    Paisley South MSP Hugh Henry said: “This is a disgraceful move by a profitable company.”I want Alex Salmond to force Hewlett-Packard to face up to their responsibility to their workforce and the local community.”I want him to examine whether any grants can be reclaimed.”I also want him to promise that an emergency task force will be sent in to help workers find alternative employment.”One man leaving the plant, Manpower employee George Milligan, said: “I’ve been here a year and I don’t know what I’ll do now. I assume the jobs are going to the Czech Republic because it’s cheap labour.”

    HP spokesman Gary Allden said contracts were being “outsourced” to a manufacturing base in the Czech Republic.He added: “In keeping with governing local law and established practice, HP will consult employee representatives in the countries affected by the proposal on the conditions for the implementation of the restructuring measures.”These local consultations are expected to start in the second half of June 2009