Fujitsu Fightback is growing in strength

Pickets at Fujitsu Manchester

Today saw the second day of national strike action by Fujitsu staff in a dispute over 1800 proposed job cuts, union recognition, pay and pensions.

Fujitsu was already stretched due to many staff in Northern Ireland taking St Patrick’s Day off. Support for the action was strong across the country. Not only was this the last working day before Fujitsu plans to start dismissing staff as redundant, but Fujitsu has continued notifying more and more staff that they are at risk, including people who believed they were previously safe. Workers were also angry at the company’s response to union attempts to avoid compulsory redundancies – instead of helping, the company says it is “investigating” what the union has done! New members continue to join the union.

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National Unite @ Fujitsu leaflet

In advance of Friday’s strike over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions this “one per desk” leaflet is being distributed at Fujitsu sites around the country.

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More strike days called

Unite has given the company official notification of further UK-wide Fujitsu Services Limited strike days in our campaign over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions:

  • Two 24 hour stoppages commencing at 00:01 hours on Friday 24th March 2017 & Monday the 27th March 2017

This further action was agreed by the UNITE national combine committee following consultation and feedback with members across the country and is in addition to the strike called on Friday 17th March

Campaigning activities for these strike days will be discussed by the combine committee next week and reps would welcome your views on potential campaigning activities for these dates.

The ongoing action previously called continues until further notice:

  • Refusal to cooperate with or participate in projects to move work offshore, including knowledge transfer
  • Refusal to undertake time recording (e.g. SST) or forecasting (e.g. MyTime)
  • Work to rule and withdrawal of goodwill
  • Ban on overtime

Further details will be announced about arrangements for the strike day and other campaigning activities.

Unite will continue pressing Fujitsu to lift the threat of impending compulsory redundancies and negotiate a settlement.

 

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Next strike day. Ongoing industrial action. NHS demo tomorrow.

Unite has given the company official notification of the next UK-wide Fujitsu Services Limited strike day in our campaign over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions:

  • 24 hour stoppage commencing at 00:01 hours on Friday 17th March 2017

This is the last normal working day in GB before the company proposes to make the first redundancy dismissals on Monday 20th March. In Northern Ireland it is the St Patrick’s Day bank holiday, when most people will not be scheduled to work. This will increase the impact of the strike action across the UK, as fewer people will be working anyway.

The ongoing action previously called continues until further notice:

  • Refusal to cooperate with or participate in projects to move work offshore, including knowledge transfer
  • Refusal to undertake time recording (e.g. SST) or forecasting (e.g. MyTime)
  • Work to rule and withdrawal of goodwill
  • Ban on overtime

Further details will be announced about arrangements for the strike day and other campaigning activities.

Unite will continue pressing Fujitsu to lift the threat of impending compulsory redundancies and negotiate a settlement.

If you are attending the #ourNHS demonstration in London tomorrow, please take along some copies of our Appeal for Support leaflet to give out – the more campaigning we do when we’re not striking, the less strike action will be needed to bring the dispute to a successful conclusion.

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Fujitsu national strike day reports

Manchester picket with banner reading "Fighting 4 jobs"

Well done to everyone who took part in the strike today, including those who joined Unite on the picket line. A national strike was a huge blow in our fight for jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Well done to the non-union-members who struck too – though of course they would be better off joining.

A particular thank you to the strikers who played an active part. Many picketed, while others who for reasons of health or geography couldn’t picket had other campaign activities.

All the planned pickets went off successfully, starting in Warrington at 5:30am, where pickets turned away some deliveries. This is significant because this site is the company’s UK warehouse (threatened with outsourcing to DHL), so non-deliveries can have a real impact. A number of people who didn’t join in were impressed with the picket and said they would next time. The pickets featured in a report in the Warrington Guardian.

As well as Warrington, pickets took place in Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham/Solihull, Blackpool, Bracknell, Crewe, London, Manchester, Stevenage and Wakefield.

Other media coverage included Computer Weekly, The Register, Socialist Worker, The Socialist, Belfast Live and BOB FM.

The London picket coincided with a senior management meeting about the job cuts (they seemed to appreciate the megaphone outside), and was joined by Unite Assistant General Secretary Tony Burke.

Pickets at Fujitsu's London HQ with placards

Fujitsu’ London HQ (LON22) in Baker St

Picket at Fujitsu's London HQ with Unite AGS Tony Burke

Workers in Blackpool staged a picket despite it being a tiny site, ably assisted by a picket dog.

Dog in hi-viz jacket with picket signs

Blackpool

Other sites staged impressive pickets too.

Picket at Solihull

Solihull

Picket at Stevenage Stevenage TUC banner

Stevenage turnstile entrance

Stevenage

Picket at Wakefield

Wakefield

Pickets at Basingstoke

Basingstoke

Picket at Belfast

Belfast

Picket at Bracknell

Bracknell

Picket at Crewe

Crewe

Reps on the redundancy consultation body (CCG) had asked the company in good time to rearrange today’s meeting (which was due to be held in Solihull) because of the strike, but the company refused. Only when it became apparent that (at most) one of the 46 reps, many of whom are not union members, intended to take part in a meeting on a strike day did the company accept that the meeting couldn’t go ahead. The company then complained about how hard it was to rearrange things at short notice! Perhaps if they listened to the reps, staff would feel less need to go on strike.

The company’s insensitivity has been a big factor in the strength of feeling behind the action. Fancy writing out to thousands of people you are threatening with redundancy and asking them to “come on this journey with us”.

The Manchester picket was hit by a blizzard, but that didn’t prevent strikers staging a pancake race and pancake tossing competition.

Manchester picket with banner reading "Fighting 4 jobs"

Snowy scene with pickets

Pickets get refreshments under gazebo in blizzard

Pickets tossing pancakes

 

Pancake race

Continuing the theme, don’t forget that Unite has called on Fujitsu Services Limited employees in the UK to give up a number of things for Lent (until further notice):

  • continuous refusal to cooperate with or participate in projects to move work offshore, including knowledge transfer
  • continuous refusal to undertake time recording (e.g. SST) or forecasting (e.g. MyTime)
  • continuous ban on overtime
  • continuous work to rule and withdrawal of goodwill

Talk to your colleagues about taking part in this action – whether they struck or not. The more people who participate the greater the pressure on Fujitsu to resolve the dispute.

The elected Combine Committee which represents Unite members across Fujitsu in the UK is having a call tomorrow to decide what further action to ask Unite to call in pursuit of a settlement over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions.

Details of how members can claim their Dispute Benefit will be circulated in the next few days. There’s a Q&A about the dispute, an appeal for support leaflet and other key information on the national dispute page.

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Arrangements for tomorrow’s strike

Fujitsu Services Limited employees across the UK will be striking tomorrow for jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions.

The latest materials and details of pickets are being posted and updated on the Fujitsu national dispute page.

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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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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action started on 28 February with 24 hour strikes on 28 Feb & 17 March. Action short of strike is ongoing. Further 24-hour strikes have been called for Friday 24 March and Monday 27 March.

This follows the recent resolution of a local dispute in Manchester which included 12 strike days.

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

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