Financial Support For Strikers

If you incurred expenses (e.g. travelling to other sites, parking) for the strike, please make sure you claim them back promptly. Contact Dave Francis for an expense claim form, or download it from our web site.
We’re pleased to report that the Amicus National Executive Council (NEC) discussed our dispute on Wednesday and agreed:
– Dispute Benefit for all eight strike-days
– A message of support
– A contribution to our strike fund
– To send our appeal out to all Amicus branches across the country

The final point is in many ways the most significant – there are between two and three thousand Amicus branches, each with a bank account. It won’t produce an instant result (branches have to meet, take decisions, send cheques), but it does mean a lot more financial support coming in over an extended period.
If you were on strike and haven’t already replied to the notice titled “AMICUS: Financial Support For Strikers” dated 18/1/2007, please do so immediately.
Dispute Benefit is sent out from head office – we don’t know exactly when we’ll receive that, but now the NEC has approved it, the wheels should start turning.
Additional Strike Assistance and Hardship Payments will be paid out of our strike fund. A lot of money is coming in at the moment. Though pay won’t be deducted for the 5-day strike until the February pay packet, many of us are already out of pocket from the 1-day and 2-day strikes. We intend to make interim payments from the strike fund as soon as possible, but please bear in mind that we expect to make additional payments later.

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK have been taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer and renewed campaign plans are being made.

The national dispute follows the resolution of a local dispute in Manchester which included 12 strike days.

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

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