The UK Public and Commercial Services Union this week said the
jobs of former civil servants employed by EDS could be axed,
following the takeover of the company by HP.
EDS has major contracts with Whitehall departments including the
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Ministry of Defence.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said it believed
that more than 3,000 jobs in government IT could go. HP has
indicated that nearly 25,000 jobs will be cut globally.
PCS national officer Jim Hanson said: "Not only are we
concerned about our members' job security, but also the threat to
the security of government data which would result if staff are cut
The union has expressed concern about a lack of information from
the new owners and said it will "vigorously oppose" any moves to
impose compulsory redundancies.
Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, added: "One of the
dangers of privatisation is that government contracts can be bought
and sold without any say from MPs. HP are getting massive DWP and
defence contracts without having to go through a tendering
"It's not just former civil servants' jobs that are at risk,
but the delivery of public services that rely on IT services
provided by the former EDS," said Serwotka.
With regard to possible job losses, a spokesperson for the DWP
said: "It's a commercial transaction and we do not wish to
comment in this."
The spokesperson added: "The department does not expect the
acquisition of EDS by HP to affect the delivery of existing
contractual obligations, and will continue to monitor the situation