Menu
Two-day HP strike suspended

Two-day HP strike suspended

"Positive" talks continue at ACAS

HP staff represented by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union have suspended the strike action scheduled for today and tomorrow at HP while mediation continues.

The strike was called off on Friday after talks at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) on 25 March.

Jim Hanson, national officer at PCS, said: "We had talks last week that were quite successful and we will have more talks tomorrow. We haven't got a final offer yet, so we are mid-way, but the talks have been positive enough to suspend the action."

However, Hanson added that the strike action scheduled for 6 and 7 April was still possible, depending on the results of tomorrow's talks with ACAS.

If they go ahead, the strikes will take place in the north east and north west of England, and will affect HP Enterprise Services' IT contracts for the Department for Work and Pensions, the Ministry of Defence and General Motors.

The industrial dispute centres on the company's pay freeze and redundancies - some 3,400 EDS staff have been made redundant since HP took over the company in 2008, and a further 1,000 job losses are planned for the first half of this year.

The dispute between PCS and HP has been going on since December 2009, when HP narrowly avoided a strike by union members by agreeing to sit down to talks at the eleventh hour.

After a one-day strike in January, Hanson said the union had had a couple of meetings with the mediation organisation Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), but that HP "wasn't willing to move far enough."


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session

New Zealanders kick-started EDGE 2018 with a bout of Super Rugby before a dedicated New Zealand session, in front of more than 50 partners, vendors and distributors on Hamilton Island.‚Äč

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session
EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research

EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research

EDGE 2018 kicked off with a dedicated New Zealand track, highlighting the key customer priorities across the local market, in association with Dell EMC. Delivered through EDGE Research - leveraging Kiwi data through Tech Research Asia - more than 50 partners, vendors and distributors combined during an interactive session to assess the changing spending patterns of the end-user and the subsequent impact to the channel.

EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research
Show Comments