Manchester Dispute – national newsletter

You will have seen that the dispute in Manchester has escalated. The company are still unwilling to negotiate, despite being contacted by both ACAS and Amicus. Members have decided to respond with a 5-day strike from Monday (29th January).
This is a big step involving financial sacrifice by our members in Manchester, who are determined to ensure they are treated fairly.
Amicus doesn’t believe that the strike action on its own will be sufficient to bring about a swift resolution to the dispute, so the union has adopted a three-pronged strategy:
1. The industrial action itself
2. External campaigning (e.g. media coverage, raising support across the trade union movement, political pressure, customer pressure)
3. Demonstrating that the company’s failure to settle the dispute will increase union strength across Fujitsu, rather than weaken us

If you work outside Manchester, please do at least one thing to support the campaign, and ask at least two colleagues to do the same. There are lots of ideas in the leaflet summarising the dispute. Here are two of the easiest:
– Send a message of protest to Roger Leek or David Courtley (please send a copy to us).
– Make a donation to alleviate the hardship of our Manchester members (cheques payable to “Manchester IT Workers Group” to John Wood, 301 Bolton Road, Bury, BL8 2NZ, or donate using online banking to Account Number: 00980539, Sort Code: 30-91-48.
Manchester members are travelling the length and breadth of the country on strike days, to help staff on other sites get organised. The company wants to level Manchester rights down (and then push the rest down lower), but the dispute is also an opportunity for the rest of us to level up!
If colleagues are asking you what the dispute is about, or asking questions about Roger Leek’s company notice during the last strike, you can point them at the leaflet summarising the dispute or suggest they read the agreed report on ACAS talks and subsequent correspondence and make up their own minds.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

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

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