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HP, the world’s largest maker of consumer and business printers, said Monday it would cut nearly 100 jobs from its U.S. operations in the coming weeks in response to the mass layoffs.
The company said it will lay off 1,500 employees and shut down all facilities that produce printers, and that it will begin laying off employees at the end of March in the U.K. and China.
The company said those cuts, which will apply to employees in the United States, would be phased in over the next year.HP said it is not looking to eliminate its U, Japan, and Canada businesses.
Instead, the company said, it will focus on strengthening its worldwide footprint.HP CEO Meg Whitman said in a statement that the company’s restructuring plans “are based on the results of our investments in technology, customer and sales performance and our commitment to making our businesses a success.”
Whitman said the company will announce further details in coming days.
“We are investing in our customers, our employees and the people who make our products,” she said.
The announcement comes as the U, Britain and other countries are preparing to launch national referendums on the so-called right to work, which seeks to overturn the current system that allows companies to hire and fire workers in the absence of union authorization.
The vote is scheduled to take place on May 7.
The referendum, if passed, would have a major impact on U..
S.-based companies, including companies such as HP and Dell.