National Protocol in Fujitsu APPROVED

UNITE asked members across Fujitsu Services (apart from those already covered by union recognition) to vote on a proposal from the company for a national protocol on facilities for organising.
The summer period contributed to a low turnout, but nonetheless the result was clear by the time voting closed on Monday:
ACCEPT: 145
REJECT: 9

The protocol doesn’t commit the company to much in the short term, though there is a welcome “neutrality” statement from the company accepting that it is legitimate for employees to exercise their right to be union members and to take part in union activity.
Perhaps the most significant point is that this is the first national agreement we’ve ever reached with Fujitsu Services. Let’s build on that!
UNITE’s national organising campaign continues to bear fruit, with membership increasing around Fujitsu. Recent additions to the list of reps and contacts at the foot of this email are Kim Heptinstall in SOL10, Gary Anderson in IRE02 and Pauline Bradburn in MAN35.
A number of you expressed understandable reservations about the wooliness of the company’s commitments in the protocol. Of course, if it doesn’t work out, either party can terminate the agreement.
Time will tell whether the company will honour the spirit of the new protocol, and more facilities will be provided over time.
We made a good start yesterday with very well-attended on-site union meetings for employees in Warrington, where we already had a substantial membership and several reps and contacts.
Members in Warrington have already collected 62 signatures for a collective grievance over changes that would remove or significantly reduce many people’s shift pay. This comes after the company was dismissive of UKCF Reps to raising the same issue on behalf of employees.
The meeting also elected four more Reps – watch this space for more news on progress in Warrington.

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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 but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer and renewed campaign plans are being made.

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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