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HP job cuts could affect Scotland
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Hewlett Packard hopes job cuts will help save $2bn a year
Several hundred Scottish jobs could be in jeopardy, under computer giant Hewlett-Packard's plans to lay-off 6,000 workers across Europe.

The company has six sites in the UK, including the former Compaq factory in Erskine, near Glasgow.

Hewlett Packard said a consultation would now take place with employee representatives.

It is not clear how job losses will be spread across Europe, and a spokesman said it could take months to finalise.

Conservative MSP Annabel Goldie said the Scottish Executive needed to take a tougher stand to protect the jobs.

'Neutered tomcat'

"I think the Scottish Executive has got to show it's prepared to come out roaring like a lion, instead of padding around like a neutered tomcat," she said.

The company announced in the summer that it hoped to cut about 10% of its global workforce as part of a plan to reduce costs by nearly $2bn a year.

Three years ago nearly 700 jobs were lost at Erskine. And a year later another 250 jobs were transferred to an agency when the company consolidated its operations onto one site.


SEE ALSO:
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21 Nov 03 |  Scotland
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19 Aug 03 |  Business
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05 Jul 02 |  Scotland
Computer maker cuts 650 jobs
04 Jul 02 |  Scotland


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