Union hits out at IT firm over city job cuts

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More than 20 workers face losing their jobs at an IT firm in Sheffield.

Hewlett Packard, which has a base on Napier Street in the city centre, yesterday announced plans to axe 1,124 jobs across the country early next year, including 23 in Sheffield.

The firm said the redundancies were needed to address ‘market and business pressures’.

But Ian Tonks, national officer from trade union Unite, said HP was ‘addicted to a culture of job cuts’.

“Its highly skilled workforce has little faith in the way the company is being managed and will be going forward,” said Mr Tonks.

“Unite will be doing everything possible to mitigate these job losses which are a hammer blow to the UK’s IT sector and very distressing for employees in the run-up to Christmas.”

In a statement, the company said a consultation had begun on ‘potential workforce changes for 2014’.

“The proposed UK workforce management plan is part of HP’s global multi-year productivity initiative to address current market and business pressures in support of HP’s turnaround.

“HP remains committed to supporting the employability of its employees through a number of internal initiatives, including re-skilling, redeployment and support to obtain alternative employment.”

In June Hewlett Packard revealed proposals to slash 124 jobs at Napier Street, moving the roles to Cobalt in the north east of England and Erskine, near Glasgow.

Many of the new workers facing redundancy either work from home or within organisations employing the computer company.

Other than Sheffield, jobs are also being lost in Bracknell, Berkshire, and Warrington, Cheshire.