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HP cut 500 jobs in Germany

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

Hewlett-Packard will separate again in Germany by over 500 employees. It has confirmed at least talks with the Works Council over layoffs to the Stuttgarter Nachrichten, without a number to call.

Previously, the Wirtschaftswoche had reported 600 jobs in Germany would fall away. Works Council sources said the actual number was something under 600.

The management hopes "primarily" on a voluntary retirement by offering severance packages. Redundancies were "not the issue". However the ratio exceeds 5 percent clear at least: total HP in Germany employs approximately 9000 people.

Johannes Katzan, responsible said the Stuttgarter Nachrichten in the industrial union IG Metall for HP, the management had pledged to avoid redundancies and to refrain from further base closings. Instead, you put more on retraining and qualification.

Almost exactly a year ago had announced HP, it will close the location Rüsselsheim and lay off employees in total 1100. Rüsselsheim, Germany was the second largest site of HP in Germany after the headquarters in Böblingen (currently 3,500 employees). He came with the acquisition of EDS in 2008 in the group. With the purchase, HP wanted to strengthen its services and outsourcing services.

Global HP end of December 2013 had increased worldwide the number of planned redundancies 5000 to 34,000. Over 10 percent of this additional deletions so apparently accounted for by Germany. The measure is part of a multiannual plan by CEO Meg Whitman, to perform a U-turn of the PC manufacturer. First 27,000 layoffs had been announced in may 2012.

[with material by Jakob Jung,]

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