Some of the media reports on our dispute suggest that the company is (off the record) saying that Amicus is refusing to negotiate! It is of course possible that the reports are inaccurate – it wouldn’t be the first time.
After the EGM last week, Amicus wrote to the company informing them of the decisions, including reiterating our willingness to talk.
The notice on Friday 12th from the company HR boss to all UK employees led to a few questions. Amicus tries to avoid getting into tit-for-tat exchanges – it’s not constructive. It’s usually more effective to publish the facts and let people make up their own minds.
Before Christmas, Amicus published the agreed report from the ACAS talks, the company update and the Amicus response. This is a good document to point people at if they are confused by the company misinformation.
There have also been a few misleading rumours circulating about the results of our delegation to Sandwell Council. UNISON told our delegation that Fujitsu’s anti-union stance had been a major deciding factor in the company losing the bid last year. It’s worth pointing out that Amicus had drawn this risk to the attention of the company at the time, but the response was dismissive:
From: Upton Larry
Sent: 09 October 2006 11:43
To: Allinson Ian
Subject: RE: AMICUS: Sandwell Borough Council bid
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have checked out where we are with this bid and understand that the unions’ concerns are more to do with the processes that SBC are proposing for post contract operations. The bid team are up to speed with all the potential issues.
From: Allinson Ian
Sent: 06 October 2006 11:06
To: Upton Larry
Cc: Morgan Howard
Subject: AMICUS: Sandwell Borough Council bid
Amicus has received information from another trade union in relation to the Sandwell Borough Council bid that Fujitsu is currently involved in. They tell us that the joint union position within the council is to support the BT bid, rather than the Fujitsu one. Apparently one of the factors in this stance is Fujitsu’s negative approach to trade unions.
It is regrettable that the company’s attitude towards its staff is putting business at risk, and we hope the company will work with us to improve its reputation rather than continuing the confrontational approach of the past.
Having received this information, we felt obliged to pass it on, in the hope that the company can revise its approach. We would also be grateful if you could ensure it is passed on to the bid team so that they can take whatever action is necessary to protect the company’s business. I believe that Peter Holman (resource manager) should know who the appropriate contact would be.
Amicus senior rep
At a meeting with Amicus last Thursday, a senior manager came up with yet another “alternative explanation”, that Fujitsu had lost on cost.
The message is clear – far from Amicus jeopardising the company’s future, the union consistently acts responsibly to protect our futures. It is the anti-union and dismissive approach of senior management that threatens contracts.