Who’s refusing to negotiate?

Amicus today sent this letter to Fujitsu’s negotiating team, copied to the ACAS conciliator who had been assisting talks last year:
From: Allinson Ian
Sent: 23 January 2007 13:24
To: Upton Larry
Cc: Brian Sykes (ACAS); Terry Thompson (Amicus); Morgan Howard; Bull Richard
Subject: AMICUS: ACAS talks
Larry,
We’ve read media reports quoting an un-named Fujitsu source claiming that Amicus has refused to negotiate over the outstanding issues. Of course, it is possible that this is inaccurate reporting – we know that many of the reports haven’t correctly reflected what Amicus says either.
Our understanding is that ACAS (copied on this email) contacted both parties suggesting further talks, that Amicus responded that we are happy to talk at any time, but that the company has not responded positively. Our understanding is that the position on further talks has not changed since the agreed report of the ACAS talks and exchange of correspondence in mid-December (http://www.ourunion.org.uk/news/archives/AMICUS%20Update%20on%20dispute%2014%20Dec%202006.doc).
I wrote to you again after our members meeting on Wednesday 17th January, reporting that members had endorsed our continued willingness to continue negotiations at any time.
In the circumstances, both our reps and our Regional Officer, Terry Thompson, believed it was appropriate to contact you directly once again to establish whether in fact you are now willing to talk, or whether the media reports of the company’s view were false.
Amicus believes it is in the interests of the company, its staff and its customers to secure a reasonable negotiated settlement to the dispute as swiftly as possible. All those affected would like Fujitsu’s senior management to take the same view.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Ian Allinson
On behalf of Amicus Fujitsu Manchester

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK have been taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

The national dispute follows the resolution of a local dispute in Manchester which included 12 strike days.

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