Strike Update and Plans

Key activities for ALL Fujitsu Manchester members during our 5-day strike:
Wednesday’s lunch-time rally in Manchester city centre
Friday’s morning protest outside Central Park, followed by the members’ meeting in the city centre which will take key decisions.

There’s plenty more you can do – see below.
Reports and updates are being posted on www.ourunion.org.uk/news during the strike.
STRIKE UPDATES
Our strike has got off to a great start, with more and more people getting involved in the campaign.
– One team which set off on Sunday night leafleted Fujitsu Footscray on Monday morning, then visited workplaces in London
– One team which set off on Sunday night leafleted Fujitsu Swansea and customer offices on Monday morning, then visited workplaces locally
– Picketing at Central Park 6:30am-10am Monday, then off for a brew and a chat in Asda Eastlands.
– “Picket visitor of the day” for Monday 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
– Had a speaker at an Organising For Fighting Unions meeting in Sheffield Monday night
– Had a speaker at a National Union of Journalists meeting in Manchester on Monday night. Not only did they take a collection, but offered to pass on details of our dispute to their contacts.
– Picketing at Central Park from 6:30am Tuesday
– One team leafleting Fujitsu Bracknell Tuesday morning
– One team leafleting Fujitsu Slough Tuesday morning
– One team leafleting Fujitsu Warrington Tuesday morning
– One team leafleting Fujitsu Crewe Tuesday morning
– One team raising support at another big IT company, then touring workplaces in Sheffield on Tuesday.
– One team visiting workplaces round Manchester Tuesday morning


PLANS
Monday’s strike committee heard reports from the day’s activities, then made more plans for the rest of the week.
Remember that while 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.
Here’s what we can announce so far (not including the items covered in the reports above):
TUESDAY 30th
– 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
– 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 http://www.ourunion.org.uk/news/archives/2007_01.htm#000897
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
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.
Locations
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 (note that the arrow is on the wrong side of Bury New Road to where the office is). Phone 0161 798 8976.
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.
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.
Expenses
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.

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