Feeds

HP UK: meeting unions over staff redundancy plans

But hey people, we are also offering, er, reskilling, redeployment...

High performance access to file storage

HP has confirmed it will convene with unions reps in a bid to thrash out the number of UK workers that could get the heave-ho over the next 90 days.

Consultation began on 30 January "regarding potential workforce changes" that have been pencilled in by management for HP's fiscal Q2, which started this month.

"Collective consultation meetings with the HP UK works council and trade unions will take place… on 4 and 6 February respectively," the vendor confirmed in a statement sent to The Channel.

The latest cull is all part of CEO Meg Whitman's global 'Make It Better' programme that initially involved 27k redundancies but has since swelled to 29k and then onto between 33k to 34k.

Some 7,100 folk across HP Europe are to be shown the door, as revealed by El Chan last year, with Unite the union claiming in December that more than 1,100 of these will come from the UK.

HP reminded us today that the sacking fest is to "address current market and business pressures", but that it will be looking at internal initiatives including "re-skilling, redeployment and support to obtain alternative employment".

During the redundancy process HP has been continually criticised by the European Work Council and local unions for what they claimed was a failure to properly consult with staff.

It is understood that unions want to ascertain if HP will shift more redundancies to the UK and relocate roles in areas of Europe where average salaries are lower than, a fear already expressed to us.

HP refused to make any further statement on this issue, but HP staff will no doubt be interested to learn of a separate, unrelated filing the company made in the US related to fiscal 2013.

In HP's yearly proxy filing with the SEC, it confirmed CEO Whitman received stock options worth $12.7m and enterprise wing president Bill Veghte was paid $15.6m in stock, bonuses and base salary.

The filing also shows that Dion Weisler, the Brit that HP hauled in to run the PC and printer biz worldwide, got $9.2m in stock and bonuses, while the man he replaced, Todd Bradley, made $9.3m. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.