Dispute & Pay Update

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.

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'Fujitsu Whistleblower' hotline. Concerned about unethical or illegal practices? Contact the hotline on 0800 852 7479 or fujitsu.whistleblowers@unitetheunion.org. It is run by Unite the Union and your identity will be kept strictly confidential. Don't let Fujitsu silence whistleblowers.

Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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