Industrial action at HP subsidiary deferred

Issued : 30 July 2010

A twenty-four work stoppage which was to have started next Tuesday at HP subsidiary, HP Customer Delivery Systems (CDS) has been deferred after management at the company agreed to enter talks with the employees' representatives, IBOA The Finance Union.

IBOA General Secretary, Larry Broderick, has welcomed a commitment contained in a letter from the company today to engage positively and constructively with the Union on all outstanding issues of concern to staff.

"Since one of the key issues behind our members' overwhelming decision to take industrial action has been the failure of HP CDS management to participate in meaningful dialogue with us, this belated change of heart on the part of management merits a positive response.

"We are, therefore, deferring the planned action pending the outcome of negotiations with management. We hope that this will lead to a satisfactory resolution of our members' concerns - which include job security and redundancy, pay and workplace culture.

"We believe that with the necessary goodwill from management, these issues can be addressed," he said, "especially if we can replicate the constructive working relationship which already exists between the Union and the parent company, HP."

The engineers and technicians in HP CDS provide essential maintenance services throughout the country for a range of electronic equipment including bank ATM machines as well as for Point-of-Sale devices in shops, for computer systems in a number of Government Departments, for the ESB's national grid and for mobile phone service providers, Vodafone, O2 and Meteor.