28
October
2009
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01:40 PM
America/Los_Angeles

HP Facing First Ever Strike

The Register reports that 150 customer engineers in the UK are voting on taking strike action because of changes in their employment contracts.

They belong to Unite, the largest trade union in the UK.

A statement from Unite:

This is the first time HP employees in the UK have been asked to vote on industrial action and follows an overwhelming vote for industrial action amongst the workers in a consultative ballot carried out earlier this month.

Peter Skyte, Unite national officer, said: "Our members face cuts to their pay and pensions and have no choice other than to begin an industrial action ballot. This is the latest in a series of attacks by the company on our members' pay and conditions, while senior executives and shareholders do very well indeed."

The results of the ballot are expected in mid-November.

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