HP commenced consultation for Q1 FY14 on November 28th, 2013 in the UK regarding potential workforce changes for 2014. _The proposed UK workforce management plan is part of HP’s global multi-year productivity initiative that was announced on May 23, 2012, and updated at its Securities Analysts Meeting on October 9, 2013, to address current market and business pressures in support of HP’s turnaround in EMEA.
– Hewlett Packard spokesperson
HP remains committed to supporting the employability of its employees through a number of internal initiatives, including re-skilling, redeployment and support to obtain alternative employment as appropriate.
For the last five years HP has been addicted to a culture of job cuts in the UK to such an extent that its highly skilled workforce has little faith in the way the company is being managed and will be going forward.Unite will be doing everything possible to mitigate these job losses which are a hammer blow to the UK’s IT sector and very distressing for employees in the run-up to Christmas.
Police said they believe a man in his 20s, who died after being stabbed, knew those who attacked him.
Officers are following a number of leads after arresting two men as part of a murder investigation in Bracknell in Berkshire.
The investigation is still in an early stage, however we do have two men in custody and a number of enquiries are underway. I would like to reassure residents that a full investigation is taking place and incidents such as this are rare in Bracknell. We also believe the victim knew his attackers and this was not a stranger attack."
Anyone with any information or concerns should contact the Police Enquiry Centre on the non-emergency number, 101. If you don't want to speak directly to the police, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org
The employee-owned partnership, which has 39 John Lewis shops and 294 Waitrose supermarkets, racked up £4.7 billion in sales in the six months to July 27, an increase of 7% despite comparisons with strong trading last summer.
Underlying profits were 4% higher at £115.8 million, although a payment of £40 million to staff following the miscalculation of holiday pay over the last seven years meant bottom-line profits fell 38.5% to £68.5 million.
Waitrose has outperformed the sector for more than four years and that its market share stood at 4.9% - 0.3% higher than a year ago. Its sales in the first half were up by 7.8% to £3 billion, or 6.9% on a like-for-like sales basis, as operating profits climbed 12.8% to £160.2 million.
In March, the business announced that employees would receive 17% of their salary as part of an annual bonus, equivalent to nearly nine weeks pay.
The business created a net figure of 800 new jobs, taking its headcount to around 85,500 staff.
Many town centre regeneration plans have been delayed or scrapped due to the current economic climate, but one scheme in Berkshire is pushing ahead at full speed. The shopping precinct in the northern area of the town centre has now been cleared, ready for demolition next month.
Around £200m is being spent on new shops, restaurants, homes and leisure facilities in the area, creating 2,500 jobs. But, as Mel Bloor reports, some independent retailers are far from happy.
Mel talked to Helen Barnett, Bracknell Regeneration Partnership; Ruth Layfield, Ron Taylor Carpets; and Richard Knight, Federation of Small Businesses.