Plans to cut 483 jobs at Hewlett Packard in Warrington condemned by MP

Warrington Guardian: Warrington MP condemns job cuts Warrington MP condemns job cuts

TECHNOLOGY giant Hewlett Packard plans to axe almost 500 jobs in Warrington at the start of 2014.

It is believed that up to 483 positions are at risk at its Birchwood Science Park North site in north Risley as part of a restructuring of the company.

Helen Jones, MP for Warrington North, said the news was ‘extremely disappointing and represents another blow to hard working people’.

Mrs Jones added: “It is particularly distressing for the families affected at this time of year. It is clear that the Chancellor’s optimistic rhetoric about improvements in the economy are premature and not being felt in Warrington.”

Council leader Terry O’Neill said: “We’re mindful of the distress that this will cause to any redundant employees and their families, and it’s unfortunate  for Warrington as a whole that a company is considering local job losses.

“We will work with the company and the unions to mitigate the potential damage, and we hope the company will be able to help redundant employees to re-train and to find work elsewhere.

“For its part, Warrington Borough Council will continue to do everything in its power to help attract new business and new jobs to Warrington."

It is not only Warrington that is affected by the planned changes, as jobs are also under threat in Bracknell and Sheffield, with up to 1,124 positions in total at risk at the IT company. 

Unite, the country’s largest union, has condemned the announcement and claimed HP is a company that is ‘a long-term addict to a culture of job cuts’.

A spokesman for the company has confirmed that all sites in the UK will remain open despite the changes.

The spokesman added: “HP commenced consultation for Q1 FY14 on November 28, 2013, in the UK regarding potential workforce changes for 2014.

“The proposed UK workforce management plan is part of HP’s global multi-year productivity initiative that was announced on May 23, 2012, and updated at its Securities Analysts Meeting on October 9, 2013, to address current market and business pressures in support of HP’s turnaround in EMEA.

“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 as appropriate.”

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2:09pm Wed 4 Dec 13

whatever13 says...

Not a Happy New Year for them. Wonder if any jobs will become available overseas for cheaper labour costs
Not a Happy New Year for them. Wonder if any jobs will become available overseas for cheaper labour costs whatever13

2:37pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Nick Tessla says...

The Warrington Labour mantra

"Good things - us

Bad things - them."
The Warrington Labour mantra "Good things - us Bad things - them." Nick Tessla

2:37pm Wed 4 Dec 13

richiepooh says...

Perhaps Mrs Jones could offer a solution instead of just complaining?
HP is a printer/pc company, the worldwide market is at it's in recession and has been since 2010 with a steady decline over the past 6 quarters according to reports just last month "with no end in sight" to be exact.

I believe the economy is on the rise however this is not reflected across all markets, it doesn't take a financier to understand that eggs is eggs and apples are apples, you don't want an apple for Sunday breakfast!.
Perhaps Mrs Jones could offer a solution instead of just complaining? HP is a printer/pc company, the worldwide market is at it's in recession and has been since 2010 with a steady decline over the past 6 quarters according to reports just last month "with no end in sight" to be exact. I believe the economy is on the rise however this is not reflected across all markets, it doesn't take a financier to understand that eggs is eggs and apples are apples, you don't want an apple for Sunday breakfast!. richiepooh

2:44pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Nick Tessla says...

richiepooh wrote:
Perhaps Mrs Jones could offer a solution instead of just complaining?
HP is a printer/pc company, the worldwide market is at it's in recession and has been since 2010 with a steady decline over the past 6 quarters according to reports just last month "with no end in sight" to be exact.

I believe the economy is on the rise however this is not reflected across all markets, it doesn't take a financier to understand that eggs is eggs and apples are apples, you don't want an apple for Sunday breakfast!.
I do prefer a machine running on windows in the morning.
[quote][p][bold]richiepooh[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Mrs Jones could offer a solution instead of just complaining? HP is a printer/pc company, the worldwide market is at it's in recession and has been since 2010 with a steady decline over the past 6 quarters according to reports just last month "with no end in sight" to be exact. I believe the economy is on the rise however this is not reflected across all markets, it doesn't take a financier to understand that eggs is eggs and apples are apples, you don't want an apple for Sunday breakfast!.[/p][/quote]I do prefer a machine running on windows in the morning. Nick Tessla

5:33pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Brick Bazooka says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
The Warrington Labour mantra

"Good things - us

Bad things - them."
I'll echo that. Helen Jones always sounds like the local busybody when given the chance. Instead of prattling on she could take a leaf out of David Mowat's book and start a job club.
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: The Warrington Labour mantra "Good things - us Bad things - them."[/p][/quote]I'll echo that. Helen Jones always sounds like the local busybody when given the chance. Instead of prattling on she could take a leaf out of David Mowat's book and start a job club. Brick Bazooka

7:32pm Wed 4 Dec 13

grey-area says...

Let's have a meeting about the meeting to decide who is disappointed most shall we.
Fed up of politicians being disappointed when it is in their power to change things - but forgot that it only matters when if affects them personally.
Let's have a meeting about the meeting to decide who is disappointed most shall we. Fed up of politicians being disappointed when it is in their power to change things - but forgot that it only matters when if affects them personally. grey-area

10:21pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Karlar says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
richiepooh wrote:
Perhaps Mrs Jones could offer a solution instead of just complaining?
HP is a printer/pc company, the worldwide market is at it's in recession and has been since 2010 with a steady decline over the past 6 quarters according to reports just last month "with no end in sight" to be exact.

I believe the economy is on the rise however this is not reflected across all markets, it doesn't take a financier to understand that eggs is eggs and apples are apples, you don't want an apple for Sunday breakfast!.
I do prefer a machine running on windows in the morning.
A properly programmed machine running windows at whatever time of the day would make a far better job of running this country financially than do any of the governments we have little option other than to elect. Most of our politicians threw their scorn at Enron and the likes for the way it mismanaged its finances. But we are no better nationally with a corrupt financial system that has a national debt annual servicing fiigure of approximately £55bn and which is all set to increase to £65.0bn when HS2 gets underway.
Don't take my word for this 'A Treasury spokesman is reported as saying: "That our national debt has reached more than £1 trillion simply shows the unsustainable level of spending this country built up over the past few years, and shows why it is critical for our nation's future that we deal decisively with the deficit."
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]richiepooh[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Mrs Jones could offer a solution instead of just complaining? HP is a printer/pc company, the worldwide market is at it's in recession and has been since 2010 with a steady decline over the past 6 quarters according to reports just last month "with no end in sight" to be exact. I believe the economy is on the rise however this is not reflected across all markets, it doesn't take a financier to understand that eggs is eggs and apples are apples, you don't want an apple for Sunday breakfast!.[/p][/quote]I do prefer a machine running on windows in the morning.[/p][/quote]A properly programmed machine running windows at whatever time of the day would make a far better job of running this country financially than do any of the governments we have little option other than to elect. Most of our politicians threw their scorn at Enron and the likes for the way it mismanaged its finances. But we are no better nationally with a corrupt financial system that has a national debt annual servicing fiigure of approximately £55bn and which is all set to increase to £65.0bn when HS2 gets underway. Don't take my word for this 'A Treasury spokesman is reported as saying: "That our national debt has reached more than £1 trillion simply shows the unsustainable level of spending this country built up over the past few years, and shows why it is critical for our nation's future that we deal decisively with the deficit." Karlar

8:54am Thu 5 Dec 13

ghostwriter says...

im glad others share my opinion, whilst it is very unfortunate for the staff ( i know, i was made redundant 3 years ago after 10 years) there are other jobs out there for people with experience in the IT sector, and having HP as your previous employer combined with reason for leaving: redundancy, means that they should have no trouble finding work.

cuts are cuts, just because it is in warrington makes no difference.

Helen Jones loves to moan it seems.
im glad others share my opinion, whilst it is very unfortunate for the staff ( i know, i was made redundant 3 years ago after 10 years) there are other jobs out there for people with experience in the IT sector, and having HP as your previous employer combined with reason for leaving: redundancy, means that they should have no trouble finding work. cuts are cuts, just because it is in warrington makes no difference. Helen Jones loves to moan it seems. ghostwriter

12:58pm Thu 5 Dec 13

old-codger says...

Brick Bazooka says
I'll echo that. Helen Jones always sounds like the local busybody when given the chance. Instead of prattling on she could take a leaf out of David Mowat's book and start a job club..

She couldn't even be bothered to turn up and vote against the bedroom tax,
She is all talk and very little action,
Brick Bazooka says I'll echo that. Helen Jones always sounds like the local busybody when given the chance. Instead of prattling on she could take a leaf out of David Mowat's book and start a job club.. She couldn't even be bothered to turn up and vote against the bedroom tax, She is all talk and very little action, old-codger

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