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Hewlett Packard cuts Scots jobs
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Hewlett Packard has cut the workforce by about a tenth
Electronics firm Hewlett Packard has announced plans to shed 200 manufacturing jobs in Erskine.

The company said the jobs would be moved to the Czech Republic and would mean about a 10% reduction in the workforce in Scotland.

Local Labour MP Jim Sheridan has urged the UK Government to look again at employment law to ensure firms carry out proper consultation.

Mr Sheridan said too many jobs were being lost due to "corporate greed".

The company announced that production of the DL 380 computer server would be transferred to a facility at Pardubice from May 2006, but other manufacturing would remain at Erskine.

Hewlett Packard said the job losses would affect contract staff.

It's devastating news for the workers, for their families and for the local community
Jim Sheridan
Local MP

In a statement, it said: "Hewlett Packard has taken this decision as part of our global supply chain strategy to drive increased value for our customers and ensure that we remain competitive in the marketplace.

"We remain committed to our presence in Scotland; Erskine is one of our main sites in the UK comprising a range of activities including delivering high-end customer configured solutions and a sales and customer service support centre."

'Quality jobs'

Mr Sheridan, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said he was concerned about the future of manufacturing at the plant.

He said: "This is 200 good quality jobs we're losing and they will not be replaced again.

"It's devastating news for the workers, for their families and for the local community."

Mr Sheridan said he could see no opportunity for the workers to be moved to other facilities within the company.

Referring to the transfer of the operation, Mr Sheridan said: "This is all about corporate greed and taking advantage and exploiting the cheap labour markets in eastern Europe.

"That is why I think it's time that the government look seriously at our employment legislation."




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