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The Public and Commercial Services union has said that 1,000 of its members working for HP will take another four days of industrial action.

The strikes will mainly hit the Department of Work and Pensions, the Ministry of Defence and General Motors work in the north-east and north-west.

Staff at centres in Newcastle, Washington, Preston, Lytham St Annes and Norcross will stage two 48-hour walkouts on 29, 30 March and 6 and 7 April.

The dispute has rumbled on since HP bought EDS.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka, said: "The escalation of their campaign illustrates the determination of HP staff to achieve guarantees on job security and a fair pay rise. The company needs to start valuing its own workforce and negotiate a settlement that addresses the concerns of the workforce."

EDS staff in the US have been forced to take big pay cuts. In the UK there has been a general pay freeze, alongside cuts and also reductions in benefits like cars and canteens.

The union statement is here. ®

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