Strike in HP France all over the country today :



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Strike in HP France all over the country today :

Associated Press

French HP Workers Walk Off Job in Protest
Friday September 16, 12:06 pm ET
Hundreds of French Hewlett-Packard Employees Walk Off Job to Protest
Planned Job Cuts

GRENOBLE, France (AP) -- Hundreds of Hewlett-Packard employees walked
off the job Friday to protest planned job cuts by the U.S. maker of
computers and printers.
The largest of three walkouts was at the company's Grenoble site in
southeastern France, which drew several hundred employees led by local
officials and Mayor Michel Destot.

"Grenoble needs Hewlett-Packard, but Hewlett-Packard doesn't need
Grenoble," Destot said.

Hewlett-Packard Co. said Monday it would cut 5,900 jobs in Europe as
part of a global restructuring plan announced in July. HP France -- the

French arm of the company -- said that 1,240 of the country's 4,800
jobs would be cut.

About 200 employees marched near a site outside Paris in
Issy-les-Moulineaux and another 100 protested near their plant in
Isle-d'Abeau in eastern France.

Shares of HP rose 11 cents to $27.98 in early afternoon trading on the
New York Stock Exchange.

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Video of the strike in Grenoble :

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Extract from an interview of Michel Destot, mayor of Grenoble :

How did you react when you learnt about the numbers of layoffs in
France :

I was shoked, then angry. Of course we are all with the employees, the
more so as the decision of the company cannot be justified.
There is no industrial or strategic reason would could make this
understandable : it is enough to look at the results of HP to be
convinced : profits and dividends are growing, the comparison
Europe/Asia is favorable to Europe.

It is a complete nonsense, a decision made solely to presumably help
the stock price, we are totally in amorality. HP seems to have
lost with the citizen attitude it had only a few years ago.

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