Belfast Telegraph

HP staff on both sides of the border likely to escape jobs cull

By Anne-Marie Walsh

Hewlett Packard has not ruled out redundancies in the Republic after announcing a massive global jobs cull.

But sources said it is unlikely that any of the world's largest personal-computer maker's 4,000-strong workforce in Dublin, Leixlip, Galway and Belfast will be affected when it sheds 9,000 jobs.

All of the jobs being cut are located at commercial data centres that operate IT services for businesses, which the company plans to full automate in an €815m investment.

HP does not have commercial data centres in the Republic, which are based mainly in the US.

Fears were raised for jobs yesterday, just weeks after it was revealed that HP is outsourcing 140 staff at its Leixlip manufacturing plant.

Its Irish manufacturing division is headed by a senior member of a new Irish government job creation taskforce, Lionel Alexander, who is also president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.

He was recently appointed by Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Minister Batt O'Keeffe to a high-level implementation committee for the Irish government's Innovation Taskforce, which aims to create 117,000 jobs by 2020.

The department said it would seek guarantees that the Irish-based Hewlett Packard workforce is protected.

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