Strike report (Monday) and plans for the week.

A brief report for now from a very lively day:
* One team which set off last night leafleted Fujitsu site in Footscray, then visited workplaces in London
* One team which set off last night leafleted Fujitsu sites in Swansea and customer offices, then visited workplaces locally
* Picketing at Central Park 6:30am-10am, then off for a brew and a chat in Asda Eastlands. We’ll be repeating this Tuesday-Thursday.
* “Picket visitor of the day” was a close tie between the guy who stopped his car to give us £20 and the UNISON member who dropped by with a flask of hot tea. Thanks!
* Media interest from Key 103, Tower FM, Imagine FM, WFM, The Register, ZDnet, Channel M TV, Swansea Evening Post, Report Digital
* Spoke at Organising For Fighting Unions meeting in Sheffield
* Spoke at National Union of Journalists meeting in Manchester
* Another team headed off for an overnight stay away
The strike committee met at the Amicus Prestwich office, heard reports and made more plans (which are growing all the time as more and more people get involved):
TUESDAY 30th
* Teams off leafleting other Fujitsu sites around the UK, then visiting workplaces
* One team touring workplaces in Manchester
* Picket Central Park 6:30-10am, then off to Asda for a brew and a chat
* 11-2pm, phoning, writing etc at the Amicus Prestwich office
* One team collecting outside another major IT company, then touring workplaces to raise support
* Strike committee (open to all members) 2pm-3pm, Amicus Prestwich office.
WEDNESDAY 31st
* Picket Central Park 6:30am-10am, then off to Asda for a brew and a chat
* Visit PCS and UNISON picket lines (some major ones listed below) to show our support and strengthen the links we’ve made
* Assemble by the Queen Victoria statue, Piccadilly Gardens at 11:30am to go to the 3-strikes rally at 12:00 in Methodist Central Hall. While Fujitsu’s management seem happy to jeopardise the company and its customers by prolonging the dispute, we’re working closely with civil servants and NHS staff – some of the biggest contracts Fujitsu has.
* 2pm: Distribute leaflets outside M&S, Tesco & Orange (3 of our customers) on Market Street
* Strike committee (open to all members) 2pm-3pm, Amicus Prestwich office.
UNISON NHS picket lines:
* North Manchester General, corner of Beech Mount/Rochdale Rd
* Manchester Royal Infirmary, corner of Oxford Rd and Hathersage Rd
* Chorlton House, 70 Manchester Road, Chorlton
* Kath Locke, corner of Moss Lane and Alexander Rd
* Harpurhey, Beech Mount and Rochdale Road
(Harpurhey from 8am, others 7:30am)
Main PCS picket lines:
* Albert Bridge House, Trinity House, Ralli Quays (all near Salford rail station)
* Government Office North West, City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester M1 4BE
* Department of Constitutional Affairs (the courts near Deansgate)
There will be many others, including Job Centres all over the city.
THURSDAY 1st
* Picket Central Park 6:30am-10am, then off to Asda for a brew and a chat
* Visiting workplaces in Manchester
* Visiting workplaces in Preston
* Visiting workplaces in Bolton
* Training session for members on campaigning and organising, 10:30-1pm, Amicus Prestwich office
* 11-2pm, phoning, writing etc at the Amicus Prestwich office
* Strike committee (open to all members) 2pm-3pm, Amicus Prestwich office
* Amicus Greater Manchester IT Branch, 6pm-7:30pm, Hare & Hounds
FRIDAY 2nd
* Picket Central Park from 6:30am
* Assemble 9am outside Central Park: As the company won’t come to the negotiating table, we’ll take the table to the company.
* 10:30am Members’ meeting at the Mechanics Institute. This is an important decision-making meeting which all members should attend.
* Strike committee (open to all members) 2pm-3pm, Amicus Prestwich office
LOCATIONS:
Details of all venues are in this previous entry.
At the Amicus Prestwich office press “AEEU” buzzer to gain entry to the car park. You can double-park. Please sign in on 2nd floor, leaving your vehicle registration. Gill Bolton will direct you to the space we’re using on the 1st floor.

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