Arrangements for Manchester strike on Wednesday 7th March

In line with members’ decisions, Amicus has called on Fujitsu Services employees who are based at MAN05/33/34/35, or who are based at HOM99 and are more closely associated with those sites than any other, to strike on Wednesday 7th March.
Members who aren’t going to London are encouraged to help picket between 6:30am and 10am at Central Park. If you can commit to picketing, please let your reps know. If you’ve got any of the picketing equipment, please remember to bring it along. Later in the day, we’ll be able to go to the Amicus Prestwich office and help ring members elsewhere in Fujitsu to update them on future activities.
If you haven’t yet replied to Friday’s email notice entitled “AMICUS: How YOU can help Fujitsu Manchester”, indicating what you require in terms of Dispute Benefit from Amicus and/or financial support from our strike fund, please do so. Late replies lead to late payments.
London trip
We have a very flash 35-seater coach, complete with tables, toilet, coffee and tea, DVD player, microwave and power points. There are still a few seats left
We suggest you dress smart/casual – we shouldn’t be outside for long periods, and there will be photographers.
The coach will leave at 7am from Chorlton Street (which runs next to Chorlton Street coach station, off Portland Street) in Manchester city centre. [Map here]. Please be punctual, as we can’t afford to arrive late in London and we’d prefer not to leave you behind.
We will then make a pick-up along the M6 in Cheshire. The pick-up point will be confirmed separately to those who’ve asked for this.
Our coach contact for the day will be Jackie Cook. If you have a mobile phone, we suggest you bring it with you for the day.
If you have any fully or partially completed petitions, don’t forget to bring them along.
Once we get to London, the itinerary is:
– 1:30pm: A small group will be allowed into Downing Street for a photo opportunity
– 2pm: We will meet some of the local MPs in the Palace of Westminster
– 3pm: We will go to the DTI where we will present our petition to Jim Fitzpatrick, the minister responsible for employment relations
We’d advise against taking too much with you that you wouldn’t want to leave on the coach, as security at the Houses of Parliament is fairly tight and we don’t want to waste too long getting through security checks.
The coach will leave London between 4pm and 4:30pm.

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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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