National Fujitsu strike on Tuesday 28 February

Following the vote reported yesterday, UNITE has called on members employed by Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK to take the following industrial action:

  • Discontinuous strike action consisting of a 24 hour stoppage commencing at 00:01 on Tuesday 28th February 2017
  • From 00:01 on Tuesday 28th February 2017, a continuous refusal to cooperate with or participate in projects to move work offshore, including knowledge transfer
  • From 00:01 on Tuesday 28th February 2017, a continuous refusal to undertake time recording (e.g. SST) or forecasting (e.g. MyTime)
  • From 00:01 on Tuesday 28th February 2017, a continuous ban on overtime
  • From 00:01 on Tuesday 28th February 2017, a continuous work to rule and withdrawal of goodwill

A copy of the notice of action sent to the company is here on the company intranet.

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Fujitsu ballot result – YES+YES

Members have voted for strike action and action short of strike over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions.

Ballot result
Unite has declared the result of the ballot on industrial action for Fujitsu Services Limited employees in the UK. Voting closed at noon today, Tuesday 21st February. The full notice of the result is here on the company intranet.

UNITE members employed by Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK voted by 78.6% for industrial action short of strike and by 63.2% for strike action.

A summary of the result is as follows:

Question: Are you prepared to take part in strike action?
Number of votes cast 513
Spoiled voting papers 0
Number voting YES 324 (63.2%)
Number voting NO 189 (36.8%)

Question: Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?
Number of votes cast 513
Spoiled voting papers 0
Number voting YES 403 (78.6%)
Number voting NO (21.4%)

Thanks to all members who returned their ballot papers.

You should not take any industrial action unless and until officially instructed to do so by the union.

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Ballot update

If you have already posted off your ballot paper, please click here to tell your reps so they don’t nag you.

IMPORTANT: to be counted, your completed ballot paper must be returned to REACH Electoral Reform Services Limited, no later than NOON on TUESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2017.

If you haven’t voted yet, please vote Yes+Yes and post off your vote as soon as possible. The ballot is for industrial action and the key issues in dispute are:

  • Jobs – saving them, avoiding compulsory redundancies
  • Union Recognition – all members should be able to opt-in to the bargaining unit, particularly in light of the company’s termination of Fujitsu Voice
  • Pay and Pensions – compensation for over-60s who have had their pensions retrospectively slashed, becoming an accredited Living Wage employer, and tackling Reward inequality

If you are a Unite member employed by Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK and have not received a voting paper by Wednesday 15th February you should contact unitetheunion@uk.fujitsu.com IMMEDIATELY.

Lots of information is available on the Unite CafeVIK blog. This includes:

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National Unite@Fujitsu leaflet

A new leaflet is being distributed inside and outside Fujitsu sites across the country this week, as our national industrial action ballot opens on Friday. The leaflet is also available electronically.

Image of leaflet front, headline "Join, Vote, Fight"

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Notice of UK-wide Industrial Action Ballot – Fujitsu Services Limited

Today Ian Tonks, our Unite National Officer, along with reps Ian Allinson, Matt Whaley and Kevin Davies, met with Fujitsu representatives John Vickerman, Tim Cowell and Steve Hammond. The meeting was mainly around the key issues in our national dispute:

  • Jobs – saving them, avoiding compulsory redundancies
  • Union Recognition – all members should be able to opt-in to the bargaining unit, particularly in light of the company’s termination of Fujitsu Voice
  • Pay and Pensions – compensation for over-60s who have had their pensions retrospectively slashed, becoming an accredited Living Wage employer, and tackling Reward inequality

Though the meeting was constructive and both parties stressed their willingness to talk again, no material progress was made that would have justified delaying the industrial action ballot, given the timescale of proposed job cuts and impending legislation that would make a successful conclusion to the dispute more difficult.

Unite has now issued notice of the national industrial action ballot to Fujitsu which you can read, along with a sample ballot paper, on the intranet. The official notice to members is below. The notices will also be displayed on the union noticeboards at Central Park.

The voting period will be quite short so please return your ballot paper, which is sent by post, promptly as soon as you receive it. Look out for updates – important information will be sent out over the coming week.

If you change address, will be leaving Fujitsu prior to 28 February, expect to be off work or posted outside the UK throughout the twelve-week period from 28 February, please inform unitetheunion@uk.fujtsu.com the details as soon as possible.

UNITE THE UNION

Fujitsu Services Limited

NOTICE TO MEMBERS OF FORTHCOMING INDUSTRIAL ACTION BALLOT

The Union intends to conduct a ballot for industrial action of all members employed by Fujitsu Services Limited.

Voting papers will be sent out on Friday 10th February 2017. If you have not received a voting paper by Wednesday 15th February you should contact unitetheunion@uk.fujitsu.com IMMEDIATELY.

The names of the members to be balloted are available from via (unitetheunion@uk.fujitsu.com) from Tuesday 7th February. If you are entitled to vote in the ballot please check that you are on the list and that your address is accurately recorded.

If you know anyone who is away from work at the moment but who should be included in the ballot, please give his/ her name to unitetheunion@uk.fujitsu.com so that your reps can check whether your colleague should be sent a voting paper.

 

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Manchester members’ accept settlement to local dispute

This afternoon Manchester members voted to accept a company offer to resolve their long-running local dispute over pay, pensions and job security.

The settlement does not cover all the issues that were in dispute, some of which are also national issues. It does include:

  • A strong “no recrimination or detriment” clause protecting employees who took part in the industrial action, including refusal to undertake time recording and time forecasting
  • Backdated pay increases beyond the “pay pot”, so the overall spend is estimated at 1.67%, compared to 1.3% spent where employees do not have collective bargaining
  • 1.5% to be spent entirely on a Cost of Living increase comprised of a £350 underpin or, where larger, a percentage increase estimated at 1.46%.
  • Measures to protect rep Lynne Hodge after the company broke agreements by trying to take her job off her
  • Commitment to discuss reward and equality, with a timescale

Though falling short of what members originally aimed for, members’ action has won an agreement which represents significant progress compared to previous offers, and compared to the treatment of staff who don’t yet have union recognition and collective bargaining. No doubt with higher participation we could have won even more.

Next steps:

  1. The industrial action in Fujitsu Manchester is now formally ended
  2. If you took part in strike action, please claim your strike pay / dispute benefit now (details circulated to members)
  3. Please speak to your manager about whether you should update relevant systems (e.g. SST) retrospectively
  4. Reps will sign the new agreement and the new Manchester Pay And Benefits Agreement
  5. Reps are working with the company to get the pay increases implemented as quickly as possible
  6. Some of the unresolved issues can still be pursued through the national campaign
  7. Keep wearing your campaign t-shirts on Fridays, to raise the profile of the campaign
  8. Talk to your colleagues about the issues, and encourage them to join
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Fujitsu Manchester resolution but national escalation?

On Thursday 2 February, Unite members at Fujitsu Manchester will be voting on an offer from the company to resolve the local dispute over job security, pay and pensions. Unite reps are recommending acceptance of the offer, which only covers some of the issues in dispute:

  • An improved offer on the August 2016 Manchester pay review
  • Some protection for Lynne Hodge, the Manchester Unite rep whose job the company had tried to take off her in breach of the Annex 1 agreement
  • A little progress on pay inequality

If the offer is accepted, Unite will end the Manchester industrial action, which is currently suspended.

The offer does not deal with the other issues which formed part of the local dispute, which had started before the announcement of the 1800 UK job cuts.

Meanwhile, Fujitsu Unite reps across the UK have been asking members to vote in a consultative ballot on national industrial action, which closes at 2pm on Monday 30 January. The issues in this consultative ballot are:

  • Job security – including the Agenda 2020 current and future job cuts, adequate consultation periods, higher redundancy pay, the right to replace compulsory redundancies with volunteers, and honouring agreements including using the Fujitsu Voice redundancy framework nationally and Annex 1 for Manchester
  • Union recognition – all members should have the right to join a bargaining unit
  • Pay and benefits – including Fujitsu becoming an accredited Living Wage employer, tackling pay inequality, and the retrospective cuts to the pensions of over-60s

On Friday 3 February the company has agreed to meet with Ian Tonks, the Unite National Officer, alongside a number of the Unite reps. As always, Unite is hoping to resolve the issues without the need for industrial action, but we have to prepare for the worst as well as hoping for the best.

If you are a Unite member employed by Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK and haven’t already cast your vote, please check your email and vote before the consultative ballot closes. Your reps are recommending a YES vote.

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK will be striking on Tuesday 28 February and starting action short of strike as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions.

This follows the recent resolution of a local dispute in Manchester.

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

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