Working with PCS

PCS, the “Public and Commercial Services” union, also has members in Fujitsu, thanks to the privatisation of large chunks of the civil service which have ended up in Fujitsu. PCS has been very supportive of our campaign – many Amicus members took part in the joint rally on 31st January, alongside striking PCS civil servants and UNISON NHS staff, for example.
While HR continue to try to “divide and rule” the workforce, the working relationship between our two unions continues to develop positively. We expect to be engaging in more joint campaign work with PCS in Fujitsu in the very near future.
PCS members employed by Capgemini on the HMRC account in Telford have voted for strike action in protest against a below-inflation pay offer. As you know, Fujitsu also has a lot of staff on this account, including many in Telford. Our Reps Committee has sent a message of support to the PCS members in Telford. If Capgemini doesn’t come up with a good enough improved offer to make a strike unnecessary, we will be doing what we can to offer practical support as well – returning some of the solidarity we’ve received.
The PCS campaign against job cuts, privatisation and low pay in the civil service continues. 20,000 members in the Ministry of Defence and Identity and Passport Service will be on strike over pay tomorrow (Friday 30th). In Manchester, there will be a rally where we can show our support:
12 noon, Friday 30th March
Manchester Peace Gardens, St Peter’s Square (by the town hall)
Chair: Christine Chorlton, PCS
Speakers confirmed:
– Sue Bond, PCS Deputy President
– Karen Reissmann, Community nurse & UNISON branch chair
– Jimmy Thornton, Branch Secretary, TGWU
– David Swanson, Branch secretary, UCU
– Rob Bowers, PCS MOD, on strike

On Tuesday 1st May (International Workers Day), PCS intends to call a national strike throughout the civil service, like the one on 31st January. We expect there to be major events in Manchester, and hope all our members will show their support.

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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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