Thursday, March 24, 2011

Layoffs at HP in Sant Cugat

There’s been a lot of placards and graffiti appearing lately near AP7 and around the HP campus in Sant Cugat complaining about the recent layoff policy. Apparently HP has a goal of firing 5000 people in Europe this year, and they’ve been going about it in a somewhat sneaky way in Spain. According to this story, they’ve been firing 29 people each quarter in order to stay under the “collective dismissal” law, which would require them to negotiate with the unions.

The unions are understandably pissed off and it looks like a strike may be on the way…

My company went though a layoff binge back in 2008 and I remember the poisonous atmosphere this created for everyone, especially in the way things dragged on and on and no one knew who would be next.

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