The computer giant announced on Monday that it would cut a further 1,300 staff in Britain, as part of sweeping redundancies taking place worldwide. However, Unite the union has alleged HP could be abusing migrant worker law by using the intra-company transfer (ICT) system to transfer cheaper, foreign staff to Britain to replace those workers who are losing their jobs.
Any such move would be illegal and could leave the company open to costly tribunal claims from redundant workers for unfair dismissal if it was true.
Peter Skyte, national officer at Unite said: “Some of our members believe the company is playing fast and loose with the ICT system.” He added: “ICTs are not supposed to lead to the displacement or replacement of UK workers, but some members allege that HP is using workers from outside the UK to do the work [of redundant workers] here. They see HP transferring workers from outside the UK to do the job.”