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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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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