Manchester Dispute Update

Monday’s EGM agreed the following motion:

We note that following our discussions with various MPs and ministers, Tony Lloyd (MP for Manchester Central) has offered to contact the company to seek a meeting with senior management and appropriate Amicus representatives, in an effort to resolve the dispute.
Should Fujitsu refuse such a meeting, or indulge in further time-wasting, we believe this would reflect badly on the company if the dispute is debated in parliament.
We note that Tony has asked us not to issue the notice of further strike action (due on Tuesday 13th March), to allow the most positive atmosphere possible for the meeting.
We note with satisfaction that we have now received the financial contribution from the NEC, and that our National Officer has approved a national recruitment campaign in Fujitsu.
We resolve to allow our reps to suspend such parts of the planned campaign as they deem appropriate, dependent on further responses from the company, MPs and the General Secretary.
We resolve to redouble our efforts to recruit and organise Fujitsu staff at Central Park and elsewhere.

Following this decision, not only did Tony Lloyd MP write to David Courtley, but several other MPs (including a minister in the Department of Health) added their names to the letter, which reads:

Tony Lloyd MP
Graham Stringer MP
Ivan Lewis MP
David Crausby MP
Helen Southworth MP

House of Commons London SW1A OAA
March 13th 2007
Mr David Courtly
Chief Executive Officer
Fujitsu Services
22 Baker Street
London
W1U 3BW
Dear Mr Courtley,
We have been contacted by constituents who are concerned about the ongoing dispute between Fujitsu Services and Amicus, which has led to industrial action at your Manchester offices. When we have written to you previously, you have passed our letters to Roger Leek, your Group Human Resources Director, who has sent us a standard reply. This response has not allayed the concerns of our constituents, and we note that the dispute continues to be unresolved. A delegation of strikers recently visited Downing Street, Parliament and the DTI. Given the concerns of our constituents and the fact that Fujitsu is a major supplier of IT services to the government, we are keen to see a swift resolution to the dispute.
We are therefore seeking an urgent meeting between you, a senior officer from Amicus, and members of both negotiating teams, to see if we can broker proper dialogue and help to resolve this situation. Tony Lloyd has asked Amicus to refrain from issuing the planned notice of further strike action so that the meeting can take place in favourable conditions. Amicus has indicated it intends to do this, so I hope that you will respond by arranging the meeting very quickly.
A number of us had been seeking a debate in parliament about the dispute. We now intend to refrain from doing so for the time being to allow a window of opportunity for the meeting to find a mutually acceptable resolution to the dispute.
We look forward to hearing from you in the very near future.
Yours sincerely
Tony Lloyd MP, Graham Stringer MP, David Crausby MP,
Ivan Lewis MP, Helen Southworth MP

The increase in support from MPs and from the approval of a national Amicus organising campaign in Fujitsu both mark significant boosts to our campaign. This progress would not have happened without the persistence and activity of members over the last couple of weeks – well done!
During the strike, as well as picketing, members leafleted Fujitsu sites in Scotland, the Thames Valley and the West Midlands. We booked and leafleted for an Amicus meeting for staff at Crewe, which will take place on the lunchtime of Monday 26th March. We toured workplaces, meetings and events around the country, raising support. We even put together a mailing to Amicus members across Fujitsu nationally, including information about pay scales, the dispute, and organising. More strike reports on this web site.
All members who took part in the strikes this month should ensure they have responded to the email notice of 2nd March 2007, entitled “AMICUS: How YOU can help Fujitsu Manchester”, to ensure they receive Dispute Benefit promptly.
As a result of the new initiatives, we are pleased to confirm that:
– The national protest day planned for Saturday 17th March is OFF
– The strike planned for Tuesday 20th March is OFF

The pressure is now on Fujitsu’s senior management to respond positively.

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are fighting over job security, for union recognition, against victimisation of reps, and over pay and pensions. Members nationally took industrial from 28 February including 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike, after 12 days of local strikes in Manchester.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer.

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