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HP Culls 3300 UK Jobs As EDS Integration Painfully Marches On

Hewlett Packard has indicated that it plans to slash more than 3300 jobs in UK in the next two years following its acquisition of EDS.

The job cuts are a part of company’s integration plan that is likely to see a loss of over twenty four thousand jobs worldwide with more than one third of it occurring in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The move to cut jobs has received strong flak from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) which has over two thousand EDS members in its fold and plans to strongly oppose the move.

PCS believes that such a move with will greatly affect public services as EDS currently has numerous contracts with government departments including the likes of Ministry of Defence.

Expressing its resentment with the decision Jim Hanson, the PCS national officer for EDS mentioned “It is disappointing that these figures have been made public before we have discussed how they have been arrived at.”

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.