After picketing outside the Manchester Campus in the morning and leaving the Amicus office shortly before the EGM, Amicus members set off for Edinburgh.
We met our host who took us to the Amicus No 1 Branch meeting. We give up to date details on the dispute and answered questions. Members decided they would write to all members of the Scottish Parliament and hoped if possible they would liaise with Mr Tony Lloyd MP with regard to the dispute. They also agreed that they would donate £100 to our campaign fund, offered their full support and took collection sheets to pass on to other members.
We moved onto the Edinburgh Fujitsu office (EDI06) to leaflet staff. This proved very difficult as only a few cars stopped at the entrance and most people did not work for Fujitsu Services. Most Fujitsu engineers were not working from this office. However, we were able to leave leaflets to pass on to engineers as they came in.
After some breakfast we proceeded to the Glasgow office (GLA15), where we met the local rep and updated him on the present position on the dispute. We also had a good discussion with one of the mobile engineers. Their concern was two fold a) A lack of projects and contracts in Scotland and b) Outsourcing of work that may be taken away to South Africa. Again, we left leaflets to pass on.
After driving back from Glasgow to Edinburgh we attended the Trade Union Council in the evening, where we presented our dispute to them. They said they would liaise with the Edinburgh Amicus No 1 Branch Office with regard to contacting and writing to all members of the Scottish Parliament over the dispute.
Additionally, they took collection sheets which they would copy and distribute to all their affiliated branches across Scotland to donate monies to our campaign fund and they offered their full support.
After a few hours in Edinburgh city centre we returned back to Manchester.
Scotland Delegation Report