Campaign update, talks, AGM, etc.

The latest “One Per Desk” leaflet started going out in Manchester yesterday (Valentine’s Day). It is also posted on CafeVIK and on our external web site.
Talks with the company, facilitated by ACAS, are booked for Monday 19th February and Friday 23rd.
A lot of work is going on behind the scenes to implement members’ decision to step up the pressure on the company via customers and MPs.
This Saturday (17th Feb) we will launch a petition to the House of Commons, calling on them to ensure ethical behaviour from all government suppliers, including Fujitsu.
Can you come and help petition? We’ll be meeting at 2pm outside M&S, Market Street, Manchester City Centre, Saturday 17th Feb.
Members had instructed reps to select up to six strike days per month to ensure the pressure was kept up to achieve a sensible settlement.
At the moment, Reps are planning a total of five days:
– A one-day strike on Wednesday 28th February, when we will focus on contacting customers and potential customers.
– A one-day strike during the week beginning 5th March, when we will focus on pressure via MPs and present our petition to the House of Commons
– A three-day strike from Monday 12th March to Wednesday 14th March, when we will focus on organising around other Fujitsu sites, touring workplaces to raise support etc
These dates have been selected to maximise the pressure on the company during the critical Q4 period with the minimum impact on our pay packets. The choice of dates would also allow Amicus to suspend some or all of the action if good progress is made during the ACAS talks – the outcome we all want.
Due to the legal requirement to give Fujitsu 7-days notice before any action, it is not practical to await the outcome of the ACAS talks before setting dates.
Hardship Payments and first instalments of Additional Strike Assistance are being paid out now. A further instalment of Additional Strike Assistance is planned shortly. Amicus Dispute Benefit of £96 for the eight days is also in the pipeline, but will take longer to arrive.
To fit in with this timetable, we plan to have Strike Committee meetings:
– lunchtime on Wednesday 21st Feb
– evening on Monday 26th Feb

These meetings are to plan and organise the campaign, and any member who wants to help with this is welcome to come along. If you’re interested, please let your reps know so that you can be sent details of exact times, venues etc as they are arranged.
Our group Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in March. Your reps want to use this meeting to consider the results of the ACAS talks, to provide members with pay information (as last year), and to elect reps for the coming year. As a result, reps are trying to arrange this for the afternoon of Thursday 1st March, the earliest possible date. This isn’t yet confirmed, but please pencil it into your diary now.
If you’re trying to explain the dispute or raise support for our campaign from friends, family etc, the leaflet summarising the dispute and appealing for support is a vital resource. This is available on our external web site and is updated periodically.
In line with the decision of the EGM on Friday 2nd Feb, Jackie Cook is now a rep, replacing Chris Yates who has resigned. Thanks to Chris for his help with the VME offshoring issues.
The second part of the disciplinary hearing for Ian Allinson, our senior rep, took place on Tuesday 6th Feb. At the end of the hearing Ian was told to expect a written response within five working days, or that he would be informed if the company needed more time. The manager has now written to Ian saying he requires “a little more time to consider the facts and thus make a decision”. The manager has now gone on annual leave. A decision is now expected next week, by an amazing coincidence allowing the company to see how the ACAS talks are going.
Other events for your diary
We’ve been extremely successful in building support for our dispute, helping us both in terms of campaigning and of course financially. To a large extent this has been a result of members getting out and about to workplaces, meetings etc, supporting others and keeping the profile of our dispute high.
A member has kindly agreed to look after our diary, to keep a list of who’s going to what, and lists of members who are willing to be asked to attend occasional events before work, after work, on annual leave or at weekends. You can contact her on events@ourunion.org.uk.
Here are a few of the events of wider interest at which we aim to have groups of members raising support for our dispute:
– 2pm, Saturday 17th February: Amicus Fujitsu petitioning, meet outside M&S, Market Street, Manchester
– 6:15pm, Tuesday 20th February: “Defend the NHS” public meeting, Mechanics Institute, Major St/Princess St, Manchester
Saturday 24th February: national Stop the War demonstration, London. Coach bookings at www.mancsagainsttanks.org. Delegation with banner on Rusholme coach.
Saturday 3rd March: Manchester “Defend the NHS” demonstration on national day of action. Assemble 12:00 Albert Square, Manchester. We’ve been invited to send a speaker.

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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 while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

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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