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HP is a source of resistance

Issue No. 2181

Around 1,000 workers at Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise Services are set to strike over pay freezes and job losses on Thursday of this week.

The members of the PCS civil service workers’ union, who work on IT contracts for the Department for Work and Pensions, began an overtime ban on Tuesday. They voted by 78 percent for strikes and 92 percent for action short of a strike.

Since HP took over the EDS company in August 2008 it has shown 3,400 staff the door. It has imposed a pay freeze this year and next year despite the company delivering revenues of around £19 billion in the last three months.

A further 1,000 job losses are planned for the first six months of next year.

Those strikes will hit the running of IT in Newcastle, Washington, Preston and the Fylde Coast.

HP workers in the Unite union struck on Monday in response to pay and pensions benefit cuts. They will also strike on Monday of next week.

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Tue 8 Dec 2009, 18:40 GMT
Issue No. 2181
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