Dispute & Pay Update

Dispute
After delays (primarily due to ACAS unavailability) dispute talks are now scheduled for 24th April.
Our campaigning in the wider trade union movement is definitely having an impact – the subject of our unresolved dispute was the main concern raised by a potential customer recently, discussing a potential multi-million pound contract. Will management protect the business and reach a sensible settlement to the dispute?
The Easter break has delayed arranging any meeting between MPs and the company.
Pay
Managers have had access to pay review letters for some time now – if you haven’t received yours yet, ask your manager.
With inflation currently running at 4.6%, most rises seem to be in the 1-3% range, representing significant pay cuts in real terms, even for those with good performance ratings.
What do people in your area think? Please feed back views to your reps.
A stronger union
The annual pay-cut is encouraging a lot of staff across the company to consider joining the union – we’ve had a flurry of non-members filling in the form (www.ourunion.org.uk/interested) to express an interest.
Similarly, our survey about Fujitsu’s intention to harmonise the “normal” working week as well as payments for overtime, shifts and standby has already generated a lot of interest from colleagues who aren’t in the union yet. Has everyone in your area filled it in?
www.ourunion.org.uk/ooh
The idea that IT workers need unions received a welcome plug from IT Week.
While the national organising effort across Fujitsu is getting underway, we shouldn’t neglect Central Park. If we had a stronger union, would HR be trying it on in the way they are?
Organising isn’t just recruitment – it’s about making the union and our campaigns effective by involving as many people as possible.
We plan a course, open to all members, to help equip us to organise more effectively:
– Saturday 28th April – Sunday 29th April, 10am-4pm each day.
– If you can only manage one day, that should still be useful. The course is not a repeat of any previous organising course, but Sunday will have more new material.
– Saturday will focus on organising principles and 1:1 communication skills. Sunday will look at how we can practically structure our campaign across the areas of a site like Central Park.
– Amicus Prestwich office (Parkgates, Bury New Road, Prestwich, M25 0JW). Entrance is on Sedgley Park Road. Press the “AEEU” buzzer for entrance to the car park.
– Lunch and travel expenses will be provided.
Please respond as soon as possible to book a place, so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

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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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