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 across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK have been taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

The national dispute follows the resolution of a local dispute in Manchester which included 12 strike days.

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

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