Hi-tech giant to outsource 140 staff
A GLOBAL technology giant headed by a senior member of a new government job creation taskforce is outsourcing 140 of its staff, the Irish Independent has learnt.
Workers in the inkjet manufacturing division of Hewlett Packard were left reeling after the multinational confirmed they would be employed by Galway-based electronics company Celestica from next month.
HP Ireland (Manufacturing) vice-president and general manager, Lionel Alexander, who is also president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland, was recently appointed by Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe to a high-level implementation committee for the Government's Innovation Taskforce.
The minister is chairman of the group, set up last week, which aims to create 117,000 jobs by 2020.
But HP workers are deeply concerned about the implications of the move to a new employer.
Staff will remain located at HP's technology campus in Leixlip, Co Kildare, and under 'Transfer of Undertakings' legislation, there should be no immediate change to their terms and conditions of employment.
But the permanent staff, who are not unionised, claim they have only been guaranteed a year's work.
A spokesman for Mr O'Keeffe would not comment directly on the HP outsourcing plan -- but backed the minister's decision to appoint Mr Alexander to the job creation body.