Union Busting at Fujitsu

As usual, as we approach the strike, HR are “acting tough”, hoping we’ll give up and they can impose whatever settlement they like.
The emails, managers’ conference calls and employee briefings are all straight out of the union busting handbook. Will it be “one-to-one” meetings, DVDs of nice HR people sent to our homes, or loaded questionnaires next?
Employers nearly always act tough until the moment they crack. This is exactly the approach Fujitsu has taken in the past.
Meanwhile, HR’s email is still trying to pretend they aren’t anti-union, and “have good relations with recognised unions elsewhere in the country, including Amicus”. The latest “One Per Desk” leaflet going out in Manchester now reports what the PCS (second biggest union in Fujitsu) wrote to the company about our dispute. We’ve had donations and/or messages of support from all the other recognised Amicus groups in Fujitsu. The company may think all is well, but staff don’t seem to agree.
On 10th January the company said they were “unlikely” to want to reconvene the disciplinary hearing for Ian Allinson, our senior rep, and the allegations were likely to be dropped. Yesterday the company wrote to reconvene the hearing for Tuesday 6th February.
The timing reinforces that this process has nothing to do with Ian’s conduct, but everything to do with the dispute. It appears that the company felt unable to concede that Ian had no case to answer in present circumstances. Instead, they want to keep the threat of disciplinary action hanging there – leaving their options open depending on the effectiveness of the 5-day strike.
Meanwhile, Amicus has had to highlight to the company that its refusal of any time at all for our Union Learning Rep to carry out her duties is blatant breach of the law. This is particularly unreasonable given that the learning role should be one where there is strong cooperation between employees and the company, not conflict. At a meeting last week Amicus set the company a deadline of today to reverse their decision or face legal action – we await a response.

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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.

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

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