PCS union fears 3,000 job cuts at EDS UK

The Public and Commercial Services Union fears up to 3,000 UK jobs could be cut at EDS following the company’s takeover by HP.

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The Public and Commercial Services Union fears up to 3,000 UK jobs could be cut at EDS following the company’s takeover by HP.

The PCS union, which has extensive representation in EDS, said it would “vigorously oppose” and moves taken to impose compulsory redundancy. Yesterday, HP announced it would cut 24,600 jobs globally, but has not confirmed the job cuts planned for the UK.

The PCS said it was concerned there had been a “lack of information” from HP on its plans in the UK. If 3,000 jobs were to be cut, this would represent one in five UK EDS workers, it said.

Jim Hanson, PCS national officer, said: "EDS have slimmed down the workforce over the last 18 months, and there's no fat left to trim. HP's track record is to cut jobs when they take over a business, and we don't expect anything different here.”

In response HP told Computerworld UK that it was "too early to start breaking down the figure" and that "no decisions have been made".

The PCS said there was a hidden danger in the takeover - that large public sector contracts, of which EDS runs a number, would change hands to HP without government control. “Not only are we concerned about our members' job security, but also the threat to the security of government data which would result if staff are cut further," Hanson added.

In the UK, EDS runs major contracts for the Ministry of Defence , the Department for Work and Pensions , including the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission , which has replaced the Child Support Agency. It is embroiled in legal action with Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB and could be about to confront Transport for London over the loss of the contract to run the Oyster travel card.

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