Fujitsu strike activity so far

Our campaign for fair treatment for Fujitsu staff relies on three forms of pressure on the company:
1) The industrial action itself, the impact on projects, customers etc
2) External campaigning with customers, MPs, the media etc
3) Helping staff on other Fujitsu sites get organised. Most sites don’t yet have union recognition at all.
We’re also trying to strike a balance between campaigning activity that puts pressure on the company and raising the funds to sustain our fight.
We’ve had a one-day strike (20 Nov 2006), a two-day strike (11-12 Jan 2007), then a five-day strike (29 Jan – 2 Feb 2007).
This is a summary of what we’ve done on strike days so far. Lots has been going on the rest of the time as well, from the action short of strike to inumerable meetings, letter writing etc.
4th strike day: Monday 29 January 2007

  • Picket Central Park
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Footscray, tour workplaces raising support
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Swansea and other workplaces, tour raising support. (report here)
  • Spoke at Organising For Fighting Unions meeting in Sheffield
  • Spoke at Manchester National Union of Journalists meeting
  • Strike Committee met for the first time, planned activities for the week

5th strike day: Tuesday 30 January 2007

  • Picket Central Park
  • Leafleting Fujitsu Newport, tour raising support in South Wales
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Warrington
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Bracknell
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Slough
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Crewe, workplace visit to raise support
  • Raise support at CSC Chesterfield, tour Sheffield workplaces raising support
  • Tour Manchester workplaces raising support
  • Phoning more of our members to get them involved
  • Strike Committee meeting
  • Spoke at University of Manchester Student Union council meeting

6th strike day: Wednesday 31 January 2007

  • Picket Central Park
  • Visiting UNISON NHS picket lines in Manchester
  • Visiting PCS civil service picket lines in Manchester
  • Strike rally in Manchester with UNISON and PCS (info and photos here)
  • Leafleting outside some of Fujitsu’s customers in Manchester’s Market Street, targetting Marks & Spencer, Orange and Tesco.
  • Amicus National Executive Council discusses our dispute and agrees to Dispute Benefit, a message of support, a contribution to our strike fund and (most importantly) to send our appeal for support out to all Amicus branches across the UK (there are over 2000).
  • Strike Committee meeting

7th strike day: Thursday 1 February 2007

  • Picketing Central Park
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Wakefield
  • Delegation to Bolton
  • Touring workplaces in Preston to raise support
  • Touring workplaces in Manchester to raise support
  • Leafleting council workers at West Gorton
  • Training session for members on campaigning and organising
  • Phoning active members across Fujitsu to discuss the dispute
  • Strike Committee meeting decided the recommendation to make to the members’ meeting the next day
  • Spoke at Tenants Against Stock Transfer meeting in Manchester
  • Spoke at Blackburn Trades Council meeting

8th strike day: Friday 2 February 2007

  • Picket Central Park
  • Meeting with Ivan Lewis MP
  • “If Fujitsu won’t come to the table, we’ll take the table to Fujitsu” protest outside Central Park. (photos here)
  • Members meeting (Extraordinary General Meeting)
  • Strike Committee

2nd strike day: Thursday 11 January 2007

  • Picket Central Park
  • Leaflet council workers at West Gorton
  • Rally at Central Park (photos)
  • Motorcade
  • Members’ meeting
  • Protest outside Marks & Spencer, Market St, Manchester

3rd strike day: Friday 12 January 2007

  • Picket Central Park
  • Joint leaflet with the PCS civil service union in Manchester and Blackburn
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Bristol, tour workplaces raising support
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Stevenage, tour workplaces raising support
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Solihull, tour workplaces raising support
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Crewe
  • Leaflet Fujitsu HQ, London, tour workplaces raising support
  • Tour Manchester workplaces raising support

Leaflets from 2-day strike here.

1st strike day: Monday 20 November 2006

  • Picket at Central Park
  • Picket at West Gorton, leafleting council workers
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Warrington
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Wakefield
  • Leaflet Fujitsu Salford
  • Rally outside Central Park
  • March
  • Members meeting

Report, leaflets, photos etc from 20 November 2006

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'Fujitsu Whistleblower' hotline. Concerned about unethical or illegal practices? Contact the hotline on 0800 852 7479 or It is run by Unite the Union and your identity will be kept strictly confidential. Don't let Fujitsu silence whistleblowers.

Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

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

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