Other Campaign Plans

Everyone hopes that the company will take a constructive approach in the talks and our campaign can come to an end. In the meantime, we must continue organising our campaign, both to maximise the chance that this will be unnecessary, and just in case they isnít.
Saturday saw the launch of our petition to the House of Commons in Manchester. Can you collect some signatures from friends, family or workmates? A copy of the blank petition can be downloaded from our web site. Please make sure all signatures are returned promptly so that it can be presented in London on 7th March.
Many members have already contacted their MP about the dispute. In preparation for our visit to parliament on 7th March, we urgently need to know the details of all the MPs who have been contacted and are supportive. Please pass details to rep Dean Burn.
Productive meetings with MPs in recent weeks produced the following tips:
– Keep contacting your MP to keep it high on their agenda Ė donít let it go quiet once theyíve responded to you.
– Writing is more effective than email, but face-to-face meetings are the most effective way of lobbying, followed by phone calls. Ring up your MPs office and ask for a meeting or a phone conversation.
– Contact from constituents like you is far more effective than professional lobbying.

The planned strike on Wednesday 7th March will focus on pressuring Fujitsu via MPs. We plan transport to take a large group of members down to London for the day, when our petition will be presented in the House of Commons. If you can go to London for the day, please let your reps know as soon as possible. We donít yet know timings, but it is likely to be quite a long day.
The planned strike on Monday 12th Ė Wednesday 14th March will focus on organising across other Fujitsu sites and touring workplaces to raise support. If you could stay overnight on Monday and/or Tuesday night, please let your reps know as soon as possible.
For the evening of Wednesday 14th March, we are working with other trade unionists to put on a major rally at Manchesterís Mechanics Institute. We have already confirmed as speakers both Bob Crow, leader of the RMT rail union, and Billy Hayes, leader of the CWU postal union. For more information, see our web site.

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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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