Manchester Dispute

After being dragged back to negotiations by the five-day strike earlier in the year, Fujitsu wasted time when they got there. The company has since walked away from talks yet again.
Manchester members decided to put further pressure on the company and have chosen nine more strike days up to Easter in an attempt to reach a reasonable settlement.
They’ve kicked this off with a one-day strike which took place on Wednesday of this week, when a delegation travelled down to London to visit Downing Street, meet local MPs and present the petition to the House of Commons.
Yesterday’s Manchester email notice included a report on this, the first of the photos are already on the web site.
During three-day strikes planned for 12th-14th March and 28th-30th March, strikers will again be travelling the country to help us organise and build up the union on other sites.
As well as the strike action itself and the efforts to organise nationally, members in Manchester are seeking to put pressure on management for a settlement using external pressure (e.g. media, MPs, customers).
Amicus has named Saturday 17th March as a national protest day at one Fujitsu customer.
Fujitsu is in the outsourcing business, and many of our customers and potential customers are unionised. HR’s anti-union stance is damaging the company’s reputation and putting the business at risk. We need to force them to resolve the dispute before they do any more damage. Amicus isn’t calling for a boycott or anything like that, but we do want our customers to put pressure on Fujitsu.
If you can attend a protest near you on the 17th, please let your reps know.
Our members in Manchester are taking courageous steps to defend their rights and the outcome will affect us all. We need to play our part too.
A leaflet summarising the dispute and suggesting other ways you can help is available on the 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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