Manchester Dispute Update

Thanks to everyone who attended the report-back sessions last week, and particularly those who brought non-members along too.
The union negotiating team reported on the various issues in dispute and the progress being made in negotiations. Though important issues remain to be resolved, they were cautiously optimistic that an offer from the company could be put to members in about 1 2 months.
As previously explained, our team do not believe it would be appropriate to make a written report on the specifics of negotiations at this stage because it might prejudice the talks.
One of the strong messages from members was that it would be unacceptable for the company to shift its position at the eleventh hour, or for the company to over-rule its own negotiating team. This message has already been communicated back to management.
Once negotiations conclude and both sides have carried out legal checks, the union aims to get any company offer witnessed by ACAS before publishing it for staff to consider. An EGM will then be held to discuss the offer prior to a vote. The EGM will decide how the vote should be conducted, which could be postal, electronic or by show of hands.
Further negotiations are scheduled for this week.
The union day out to Chester Zoo on Saturday was a great success, with over sixty people taking part. If only the weather had been that good when we were picketing!
One of the issues still to be addressed in the negotiations is pay. With inflation fluctuating between 4.5% and 5% in recent months, this is becoming a bigger and bigger issue for employees everywhere. The situation where companies are putting up prices faster than earnings are rising (for the first time in 30 years) threatens living standards for working people generally. For example, you may have seen that postal workers in the CWU union have just voted by a large majority for industrial action against a 2.5% pay offer.
Recent analysis by the Labour Research Department showed that remuneration for top company directors is still rising rapidly.
Here in Fujitsu, were starting from a position of being generally paid below market rates and then having below-inflation pay rises for many years. Fujitsu Services is now a successful company, with profits rising year on year due to our hard work. No bonus or incentive scheme can substitute for a proper level of basic pay.
Our negotiating team are trying to ensure that the company offer includes progress on pay.

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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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