Manchester Dispute Update

Talks to settle the long-running Manchester dispute continue to make progress. Our negotiating team are hopeful that unless the company changes its position at the last minute, the approximate timescale for a settlement should be something like:
Late July: Negotiating teams agree offer “subject to legal checks”, witnessed by ACAS and then send it to their solicitors
2-3rd August: UNITE trains its Reps, Health & Safety Reps and Union Learning Reps in the draft new agreements
Early August: Negotiating teams review comments from solicitors, make any necessary amendments to finalise the offer, which is then witnessed by ACAS and published for employees to read
Mid-August: Members discuss offer at an EGM and decide how they wish to vote on it (e.g. show of hands, email vote, postal vote)
Late August: If members have accepted the offer, it is signed and becomes effective
Whether or not the current talks do succeed in producing a deal, there will be important campaigning and organising work to be done if we are to make the best of the situation. Unite is holding a meeting of the “Dispute Committee” to discuss this:
12:30pm, Tuesday 17th July
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As usual, the meeting is open to all Unite members.

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Sign the petition – defend the union

Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are fighting over job security, for union recognition, against victimisation of reps, and over pay and pensions. Members nationally took industrial from 28 February including 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike, after 12 days of local strikes in Manchester.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer.

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

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