Yesterday’s strike

While a smaller group of members picketed at Central Park, Amicus took a coach down to London yesterday to present our petition and put our case to MPs.
Strikers visited Downing Street, met a number of north-west MPs and two ministers, highlighting the fact that Fujitsu is a major supplier of IT services to central government, and discussing how MPs can help ensure we are treated fairly.
The first photos from the day are already available on our web site, giving a flavour of the day’s activities. These are high resolution images (aimed at the press) which you may be unable to view well in some browsers. You can either download them to view them, or await more pictures with thumbnails in the next day or so. They will also be displayed on union noticeboards (by the turnstiles in Man33/34/35).
After a month without strikes when the profile of our dispute has been lower, the activities during the one-day strike will have increased the pressure on Fujitsu significantly.
As well as MPs offering to take up our case further with Fujitsu and plans for a debate in parliament, the day increased media interest in the campaign. Some reports (mainly trade press) are available online (see LabourStart or Google) and we were also contacted by the BBC TV and Radio, the Manchester Evening News as well as various labour movement publications. It will be interesting to see how this grows over the next couple of weeks.

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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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