Report from Crewe delegation

Building on our first visit to CRE02, there were 2 more members, making 9 in all, which made quite an impact at the gate as our colleagues came in to work. This time, as expected, most people knew we were on strike, and many took time out to ask how things were going.
Our focus this time as well as updating them, was to highlight how the issues at the Manchester campus were just as relevant at the Crewe – for example below inflation pay rises, and non-negotiated erosion of rights. We also made a special effort to tell people to ask their manager for their role code pay info (min., median, max.) as thatís something we won after several years of campaigning for an open pay system. We also did a collection which raised over £50. Many thanks to our colleagues in Crewe who donated. It all helps!
After leafleting, we then went on to Bombardier, the French-Canadian firm who took over British Rail Engineering at Crewe. There we spoke with about 8 union reps from the firm, who not only listened sympathetically to how we were being treated, but also gave remarkably similar tales as to how they were treated!
Before we departed, they gave us £150 they had collected, to be used in the hardship fund (thank you, Bombardier colleagues).
In summary – a really worthwhile morning’s work. If worse is yet to come from our negotiations with Fujitsu Management, and we resume our leafleting, then I think we can make good progress at Crewe in rallying yet more tangible support.

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Sign the petition – defend the union

Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are fighting over job security, for union recognition, against victimisation of reps, and over pay and pensions. Members nationally took industrial from 28 February including 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike, after 12 days of local strikes in Manchester.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer.

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

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