HP workers at locations in Newcastle, London and Lincolnshire have agreed not to strike over pay and job cuts after a new deal was put forward by the firm to the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union.
The action was set to take place on Monday but last minute talks over the weekend led by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) helped avert the strike, while the new deal proposed by HP is checked over.
"Following two days of peace talks at Acas, the Monday strike action at HP has been suspended while PCS members are consulted on a negotiated package from the company,” a spokesperson at Acas said.
The issue between HP and the PCS workers centres around HP’s worldwide job cuts that could see 1,300 to 1,500 jobs lost in the UK.
The PCS is hoping to secure a deal that would see HP commit to job security and no enforced redundancies in the UK.
A spokesperson for the PCS told V3 the organisation was now consulting on the proposals from HP.
If members voted not to accept them the strike action would be rescheduled. This would start with a one-day strike, followed by shorter in-office strikes and a refusal to work any overtime.
HP confirmed the talks had helped avert action and said it was confident it could avoid any future issues with the package it had offered to UK staff.
“HP and PCS held talks facilitated by ACAS over a two day period 10th/11th April and are pleased to confirm that the industrial action has been suspended. In cooperation with our client(s) we had put together full mitigation plans to address any impact of potential action," it said.
"We remain committed to maintaining regular communication with the union on behalf of our employees represented by them."
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