Following 17 days of strike action since 24 January, Unite’s dispute at Fujitsu continues to escalate.
Unite has announced the next 15 strike days for employees in the Manchester bargaining unit:
- Fri 16 March – Wed 21 March 2018 (6 days)
- Thu 29 March – Fri 6 April 2018 (9 days including the Easter bank holiday weekend)
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Unite believes that Fujitsu is trying to silence whistleblowers by dismissing some and by showing that it can make compulsory redundancies even when these are unjustified and in breach of its agreements, employees’ contracts or the law.
Strikers braved atrocious weather to keep the pickets going and take support to UCU members on strike at universities over their pensions.
If the “Beast from the East” can’t stop us, Fujitsu certainly won’t.
The escalation is about more than strike days though. The new phase of the campaign was launched with a big protest outside Fujitsu’s Manchester site when senior management paid a visit on Friday 23 February.
The message was delivered again on Tuesday 27 February with a protest outside Fujitsu’s “Executive Discussion Evening” in London:
As if determined to reinforce the message of the protest about Fujitsu trying to silence whistleblowers, Fujitsu’s response was to call in their head of security and the police rather than address the issues:
ComputerWorld UK carried a long article about the dispute “What’s behind the strike wave at Fujitsu Services?“
Protesters held a demonstration this morning (23 February) outside Fujitsu’s offices in Manchester. They are accusing the company of using the cover of redundancies to get rid of workers who blew the whistle on unethical and possibly illegal company behaviour.
The protest coincided with a visit to the site by Duncan Tait, head of Fujitsu Europe, Middle East, India, Africa and the Americas and many other senior managers and HR.
On 12 January 2018 Fujitsu dismissed a Unite representative. Before the dismissal whistleblowers raised extremely serious and damaging issues with the company which the union is compiling. Union reps have previously been targeted with spurious disciplinary allegations for legitimate union activity.
Unite national officer Louisa Bull said: “Unite believes that Fujitsu is trying to silence whistleblowers by dismissing some, and showing that it can make compulsory redundancies even when these are in breach of its agreements, employees’ contracts or the law.
“Taxpayers and clients need to know what is going on at Fujitsu, those blowing the whistle should not be sacked.
“Unite is demanding transparency and the reinstatement of our union representative. It is also time to end the unfair targeting of Unite members fighting for their jobs and for Fujitsu to adhere to its own agreements and ethical standards.”
Protesters handed out a leaflet explaining the serious allegations:
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Since Unite announced strike action at Fujitsu Manchester from Thursday 22 to Wednesday 28 February, Fujitsu has announced an employee briefing with Duncan Tait (Fujitsu’s head of the Americas, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) and Adrian Hart (Head of HR for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) to take place this Friday (23 February).
Fujitsu may have chosen this date to dodge any challenge from strikers, but the strikers are keen to talk to them.
The industrial action scheduled for Friday 23rd February 2018 has been postponed to allow members to attend the briefing, so members should not take part in any action on that day.
The strikes on Thursday 22nd February, and Saturday 24th February to Wednesday 28 February 2018 are going ahead as planned.
On Thursday 22nd February there will be a meeting for all Unite members in the Fujitsu Manchester bargaining unit. This will take place after the pickets, from 11am in the “BMX Podium” room at the National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Manchester M11 4DQ. Map. Tea and coffee will be available on arrival. There is bike and car parking at the velodrome, which is also by the Velopark Metrolink station.
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Whilst on the picket line today our friends and supporters from Mears dropped off doughnuts and chocolate which was most welcome on a blowy day! Despite the weather we still had a good turnout.
The feedback from the leafleting at the Everywoman in Tech forum yesterday was very positive with more activities planned for the coming days.
Thanks to all our supporters in and outside of Fujitsu, it is appreciated!
This morning, as Fujitsu staff in Manchester start their 7-day strike, strikers and supporters will be protesting outside the everywoman in Tech Forum taking place at London’s Park Lane Hilton. Fujitsu is one of everywoman’s Corporate Partners, but is letting women down badly.
Protesters will be handing out this leaflet which explains how Fujitsu is letting down women by failing to respond properly to allegations of sexual harassment, unequal pay and discrimination.
It’s time Fujitsu sat down with Unite to resolve these issues rather than picking on those who speak out.
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Following strikes on 24-26 and 30 January, the next Fujitsu Manchester strike is for seven days, from Thursday 8 to Wednesday 14 February, ending on Valentine’s Day in the middle of Heart Unions week.
The action is over:
- Compulsory Redundancies
- Victimisation of union reps
- Breaches of Redundancy agreements, including appeal and grievance procedures
Pickets and protests will be from 7-10am on each weekday strike day at Fujitsu, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP (opposite Central Park metrolink station).
Details of other strike day activities have been sent to members by email.
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The campaign over Fujitsu’s compulsory redundancies, victimisation of union reps, and breaches of agreements has taken several important steps forward.
The third wave of strikes get under way in Manchester with the three-day strike on 24-26 January. Friday saw an impressive joint strike rally alongside Unite strikers from Mears and First Bus Rusholme as well as supporters. People gathered in Piccadilly Gardens and spontaneously marched to the packed rally at the Mechanics Institute.
Speakers from the three disputes were joined by Graham
Photo: Becci Heagney
Stringer, MP for Blackley and Broughton, and
Lynn Collins, secretary of the North-West TUC.
You can watch a video of most of the speeches:
The “Reinstate Ian Allinson” statement (tiny.cc/reinstateian) launched this week is rapidly attracting signatories from across the labour movement pledging to campaign for Ian’s reinstatement and build support and solidarity for the Fujitsu dispute.
We strike again tomorrow (Tuesday 30 January) and supporters are welcome to protest in support of the pickets at Fujitsu, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP between 7-10am.
For more details of how to support us, see our dispute page.