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HP staff to strike in pay and job cuts dispute

22 Apr 2013
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HP staff at several locations across the UK are set to go on strike on Monday, 29 April after a dispute over pay could not be resolved.

Strike action was set to take place last Monday but it was halted while the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union discussed the offer put forward by the US tech giant. However, late on Friday the PCS confirmed the deal offered was not acceptable and that staff are not set to strike, which will be followed by a ban on overtime working from this Friday, 26 April.

The strike is being held by workers in locations such as Newcastle, London and Lincolnshire who are on central government contracts run by HP over a pay increase of 1.6 percent that they deem too low. There is also consternation with plans to cut between 1,300 and 1,500 jobs at the firm by October 2014.

"Our members are determined to win a settlement that will mean a wage increase in real terms. HP makes a fortune from the work our members do,” said Alan Brown, PCS full-time official.

"Our members create their wealth. A relatively decent wage and job security is the least that they deserve. Our members are determined to win this dispute."

HP confirmed the strike was taking place but said it was confident it would not hamper its efforts.

"We are disappointed to confirm that despite remediation efforts through ACAS and HP we have been informed by PCS that action short of a strike will be called for Friday 26th April and full strike action on Monday 29 April," a spokesperson told V3.

"In cooperation with our client(s) we have put together a plan to mitigate the impact of the two day action. We will continue to maintain a dialogue with our employees and the union in an attempt to avoid any further form of action."


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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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