Our strategy for winning relies not just on refusing to work (striking), but on the campaigning activity we can build around that.
To get the dispute settled as quickly as possible we need the maximum participation from everyone.
While Amicus “Dispute Benefit” will be available to striking members regardless of participation in other campaign activities, “Additional Strike Assistance” and “Hardship Payments” are paid out of the money we raise through campaigning. They will only be paid to those who take part in at least some campaigning activity during the week (or notify reps of valid reasons for being unable to do so). The level of payments will take account of the number of days on which you participate – the more you put in, the more you get back.
If you haven’t already replied to the email notice (Thursday 18th Jan) about financial assistance for strikers, please do so without further delay.
Thanks to members writing letters, several MPs have already protested to David Courtley about Fujitsu’s unreasonable behaviour. Other unions in Fujitsu (from PCS in the UK to the CGT in France) have protested to the company too, as have the employee reps on Fujitsu’s UK Consultative Forum (UKCF).
Plans are taking shape – please let Phil Tepper know what you can do:
Sunday 28th: members head off around the UK, ready for Monday morning
Each Strike Day: Picketing from 6:30am – 10am
Each Strike Day: Strike Committee Meeting (open to all members who wish to attend) 2pm-3pm, First Floor Conference Room, Amicus Prestwich office. This will discuss reports on activity and decide further plans during the strike.
Each Strike Day: Groups writing letters, making phone calls etc from the Amicus Prestwich office.
Monday 29th Jan: Leafleting other Fujitsu sites locally and across the UK. Touring workplaces to raise support. More members head off around the UK, ready for Tuesday morning.
Tuesday 30th Jan: Leafleting other Fujitsu sites locally and across the UK. Touring workplaces to raise support.
Wednesday 31st Jan: Visit picket lines of striking PCS civil servants and UNISON health workers. We have now arranged a joint strike rally at 12:00 in the Methodist Central Hall. This will be a major opportunity for media coverage for our dispute, and we need as many people there as possible. Meet at the statue in Piccadilly Gardens at 11:30 to enter the rally together. Details on our web site here, including a leaflet and a map.
Thursday 1st Feb: Training session for members on campaigning and organising, 10:30-1pm, Amicus Prestwich Office. Amicus Greater Manchester IT Branch meeting, upstairs, Hare & Hounds, 6pm-7:30pm
Friday 2nd Feb: As the company refuses to come to the table, we’ll bring a table to the company. We want as many members as possible outside Central Park at 9:00am for a protest and photo-opportunity. We’ll then go to a members’ meeting at 10:30am in the hall on the 2nd floor at the Mechanics Institute. This will be a decision-making meeting, so all members should attend to have their say.
If you’re going off on a delegation, we strongly suggest that you exchange numbers with the other people going with you and ensure your reps have all the details too.
– Fujitsu Central Park: Fujitsu Services, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP. Parking available on Church Lane behind the site. Map here.
– Amicus Prestwich office: Amicus, Parkgates, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 0JW (entrance on Sedgley Park Road). Map here. Phone 0161 798 8976.
– Methodist Central Hall: Oldham Street, Manchester City Centre, M1 1JQ. Map here.
– Mechanics Institute: 103 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD. This is the TUC building – entrance on Major St. Map here.
– Hare & Hounds: 46 Shudehill, Manchester City Centre. M4 4AA. (Tel: 0161 832 4737). The venue is near the Shudehill Metrolink station and the spiral ramp to the Arndale car park. Map here.
If you’re travelling, parking etc on strike business, please minimise costs as far as you can by sharing cars etc. Expense forms will be available at the members’ meeting on Friday 2nd February.