CSC cuts BHP IT staff

CSC cuts BHP IT staff

CSC is poised to announce a raft of sackings today in an attempt to survive the recent market downturn, ARN sources have revealed.

A "number" of ex-BHP IT staff now working under the CSC banner (after the services giant acquired the mining giant's spin-off services company BHP Information Technology in May last year) have been warned they might be next to go.

The sources have confirmed CSC circulated an internal e-mail notifying staff of an upcoming restructuring of the company's workforce.

It is not known at this stage how many staff may be laid-off, whether the staff cuts will be restricted to the ex-BHP IT division within the company or whether the implications are broader.

"Our manager told us he didn't know at this stage how many would go but he did say there was going to be 'a number' of staff lost," an employee added.

CSC beat off a challenge from rival EDS last year to successfully acquire BHP IT in a deal declared at the time to be worth more than $700 million. "We were told there would be no sackings, but within a month they had started laying off people," the former BHP IT employee said.

Under the deal, which came into effect on June 1 last year, 1700 BHP IT staff were transferred to CSC, bringing CSC's Australian staff count at the time to 5700.

Communications staff at CSC did not respond to ARN's enqiries.

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