Ian’s Disciplinary

On 13th December, the day HR told Amicus it didn’t want to continue talks, the company also wrote a letter inviting Ian Allinson, our senior rep, to a disciplinary hearing on the basis of an allegation about a meeting last November (where Phil Tepper was a witness).
The hearing took place on 10th January, with a large number of members and non-members protesting as the hearing began. After discussing a couple of points, the company decided to adjourn the hearing, saying that it was “unlikely” they would want to reconvene it and would probably drop the allegations.
Fujitsu waited a full two weeks to get in touch again, now saying it did want to reconvene the hearing, but offering no explanation.
The reconvened hearing is due to take place tomorrow:
1:30pm, Tuesday 5th February, 35GCR3 (MAN35 ground floor)
Staff are encouraged to make their feelings known outside the room just before the hearing starts if they are on a break.
The ongoing threat to discipline Ian is yet another attempt by the company to widen and confuse the issues in dispute, rather than actually resolving them.
The timing of events reinforces the view that the company wants to keep this threat dangling over us – it is part of the dispute, not a genuine issue of conduct. Ian will be in there for us – we should be out there for him.

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