Fujitsu: stop victimising Unite reps

Lynne Hodge and Ian Allinson

Lynne Hodge & Ian Allinson

Fujitsu is unfairly attempting to target a number of reps, including Ian Allinson, Denis Morris and Lynne Hodge, at the same time as breaking the agreement on reps’ time. Unite has launched a petition to tell Fujitsu management that victimisations and breaches of agreements must stop.

Please sign the petition and share it widely. An injury to one is an injury to all.

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/fujitsu-victimisations

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New Unite@Fujitsu national “one per desk” leaflet

There’s a new national “one per desk” leaflet being distributed at Fujitsu sites across the UK. It covers the latest developments in the dispute and lots more news. We are fighting for:

  • A strong national agreement on job security to protect those at risk now and in the future
  • Recognition, collective bargaining and accredited reps across Fujitsu
  • No victimisation of our reps
  • Transparency and equality on pay and benefits (including compensation for retrospective pension cuts) and for Fujitsu to become an accredited Living Wage employer

 

There are also updates on other issues including a director’s pay the fight for workers who are paid for Out Of Hours work to get the correct holiday pay, and to restore Information & Consultation rights.

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Jobs, Union Recognition, Pay & Pensions Dispute

In May Unite suspended industrial action after receiving the first part of an offer from the company, following which members held meetings round the country (slides) to discuss next steps. In parallel with this negotiations took place on the second part of the offer, which was to be an update to the existing National Protocol Agreement. This second part of the offer arrived, members held a call to discuss it (slides) and members voted on it.

Voting took place from Friday 4th to Monday 14th August. The result was a 92% vote to reject. Despite the holiday season the turnout was high enough that more than half of all members voted to reject the offer.

A lot has happened since May, including:

  • Offshoring, outsourcing and automation are not going well, causing significant damage to the business e.g. field engineering outsource to CBS, lack of resource for bids and delivery because of the job cuts
  • The redundancy process continues to be a shambles e.g. MIS C&DCS
  • Fujitsu continues to break agreements and individual contracts in its handling of the redundancies
  • The accounts for Fujitsu Services Limited (the main UK employer) have been published, showing the package of the highest paid director rising 13% to £1,635,000
  • UK profits continue to rise, but on a rapidly shrinking order book. Unite’s message from the start is that when a company is trying to sell the wrong things, you can’t fix that by cutting costs to sell the wrong things more cheaply, you need to invest in updating what you sell
  • Confidence in senior management and their plans is low, including amongst managers
  • A number of senior managers have left
  • Redundancies have dragged on longer than many expected. For example, over 200 staff remain “at risk” in Manchester alone.
  • New groups of employees have been put at risk of redundancy
  • There is a clear pattern of attempts to victimise a number of Unite reps, threatening our organisation as well as them individually
  • The number of agency temps and contractors has risen, contrary to standard measures to avoid or reduce redundancies, and wasting money
  • The “standard” pay review has taken place, aiming to spend just 1.07% in August, with many staff getting 0% and the next pay review delayed until October 2018. Unite Manchester and PCS have both reached significantly better pay agreements, showing the benefit of union recognition. In Manchester the August spend is 1.75% with everyone getting something
  • Fujitsu tried (and thankfully failed) to get the reps elected to negotiate the replacement to Fujitsu Voice to agree something worse than the legal default. A key issue was the company’s desire to prevent effective communication between reps and employees. Fujitsu appears to be planning to delay establishing the replacement until near the January 2018 legal deadline
  • Fujitsu didn’t negotiate in good faith between May and July, went back on what it said, and made an offer that was worse than the agreement already in place, trying to stifle communication

Your reps and officers are currently working on campaign plans following members’ overwhelming rejection of the company offer. Please feed in your ideas and suggestions.

The Manchester legal case for national pay and benefits equality information had been on hold pending members’ decision, and will now be resumed.

It remains particularly important that you notify our membership secretary promptly of any changes, for example to your home address or employer, until the dispute is resolved.

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Vote on Fujitsu’s offer

All Unite members employed by Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK will be receiving an email from the union tomorrow asking them to vote on the company offer in relation to the national dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions.

Please read the information and cast your vote. To count, your vote must be received by Monday 14 August.

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Fujitsu Dispute Update

Although industrial action is suspended, the dispute between Unite members and Fujitsu is still ongoing. Negotiations are continuing for a new National Protocol Agreement which will form a significant part of the offer from Fujitsu that members will be voting on in early August. Until that full offer has been voted upon by members then all industrial action in support of this dispute continues to be suspended.

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Fujitsu members’ meetings to discuss company offer

Fujitsu has provided an offer (here on the Fujitsu intranet) which members will be discussing at meetings around the UK:

  • Friday 26 May, 12:30-13:30, Parkhill room, WAK01 Wakefield
  • Tuesday 30 May, 12:30-13:30, Conference room 214, STE04 Stevenage
  • Wednesday 31 May, 12:00-13:00 and 13:00-14:00, Room 105, WAR08 Warrington
  • Thursday 1 June, 12:30-13:30, Room 120, SOL20 Solihull
  • Monday 5 June, 12:30-13:30, 1.M03, BRA01 Bracknell
  • Wednesday 7 June, 12:30-13:30, Endeavour room, BSN01 Basingstoke (note that non-defence staff must notify Anne.Collis@uk.fujitsu.com at least 48 hours in advance if attending)
  • Wednesday 7 June, 12:30-13:30, CR0-2, CRE02 Crewe
  • Thursday 8 June, 1:30-3:30pm, canteen, MAN35 Manchester
  • Friday 9 June, 12:30-13:30, Lomond Suite, EDI06 Edinburgh
  • Monday 12 June, 12:30-13:30, Room 126, LON22 London
  • Monday 12 June, 12:30-13:30, Conference room 1, IRE11 Belfast
  • Tuesday 13 June, 12:30-13:30, MR2-2, IRE24 Derry

Industrial action is currently suspended while members consider the company offer.

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Industrial Action SUSPENDED

Following talks yesterday Fujitsu has provided an offer (published by Unite on the Fujitsu intranet) this evening to resolve the dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions.

All industrial action is immediately suspending pending members’ voting on the offer. Amongst other things this means that you should complete timesheets normally from this week. Unite is not encouraging members to complete the backlog of timesheets unless the offer is accepted.

Unite will be organising meetings at Fujitsu sites around the UK to discuss the offer and next steps – watch this space.

If members support the approach set out in the offer, negotiations will take place while the action is suspended on an updated National Protocol Agreement to give more rights and facilities to members who don’t yet have union recognition and collective bargaining. Today’s offer and the new National Protocol would then be put to the vote together, in early July.

Alternatively, if members don’t support the approach set out in the offer, Unite could pull out of the discussions on an updated National Protocol and re-ballot members for further industrial action.

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Sign the petition – defend the union

Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are fighting over job security, for union recognition, against victimisation of reps, and over pay and pensions. Members nationally took industrial from 28 February including 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike, after 12 days of local strikes in Manchester.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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