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.
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?
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.
Dispute & Pay Update