Union leaders on Monday reported more dismal news for the employment sector across the UK – HP is cutting 1,300 jobs and moving production overseas. In June of this year, HP had announced they would be cutting 900 jobs due to budget cuts. Unite, the union of the HP employees, described the move as “butchery” and mentioned 4,000 UK staff has now lost their jobs over the last two years.
Unite’s national officer, Peter Skyte, commented on the latest job cuts by the computer technology giant, saying: “Despite significant profits HP appears hell-bent on continuing to butcher its highly skilled UK workforce.
“It is increasingly difficult for HP employees in the UK to plan for their futures when the threat of redundancy is continually hanging over their heads. Morale is at an all time low.”
He commented further on the vulnerability of the UK workforce, saying: “Lax employment protection in the UK compared to other European countries means that the UK is bearing the brunt of cuts, as it’s quicker and cheaper to sack UK people and export their jobs abroad.”
Aside from cuts in the budget, HP is restructuring its services side of the business. The total number of global employees being reduced is 9,000, while 6,000 new positions are being created.
HP commented on the time line for changes to start taking place in the UK, saying: “[We are] in consultation with the appropriate representative bodies within the UK regarding potential workforce changes which were announced on 1 June 2010. The company has not publicly stated when the consultation will end or when staff will depart.”
The last few months have been anything but serene at HP, with the CEO Mark Hurd leaving amid a scandal involving expense reports with a contractor.