Union to hold ‘urgent’ talks with HP over UK job cuts

Unite, the trade union, says it will hold "urgent talks" with Hewlett-Packard over potential job cuts in the UK.

The union believes up to 1,600 UK jobs are on the line, or 8% of its UK workforce. HP said yesterday that will cut 8% of it global workforce, 27,000 jobs in total, by the end of 2014.

"The company hasn’t give any indication where the job cuts will fall, but our understanding is that it could be up to 1,600 jobs [in the UK]," a Unite spokesperson told Information Age.

"We are expecting to hear more detail in the week beginning June 11th," they said.

HP CEO Meg Whitman also revealed yesterday that Autonomy founder Mike Lynch will be leaving the company. His departure follows a "very disappointing" financial performance by the formerly Cambridge-headquartered information management provider, which HP acquired last year.

Sources with links to HP rivals are informing the press of the departure of a number of Autonomy executives since the HP acquisition, including the company’s president, CTO, CMO, CFO and COO. An Autonomy spokesperson has confirmed that this is true.

At the time of the acquisition, Autonomy employed 175 people in the UK.

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