Travelling With Work

More and more employees are feeling pressure to travel with work. Few people object to the odd trip, but being away from home most of the time doesn’t suit many people for long, especially if you have caring responsibilities.
It doesn’t help when instead of being appreciated and rewarded for putting yourself out, you just seem to get more hassle. Choice and quality of accommodation is an increasing issue as the company cuts costs.
All hotel room bookings through the Fujitsu system should meet at least the following minimum requirements:

  • Secure location
  • Free car parking (where possible)
  • Reception / front desk security
  • En-suite facilities (shower and/or bath)
  • Colour TV
  • Telephone with data port (where possible)
  • Adequate working space (including chair and writing surface)
  • Tea / coffee making facilities
  • All bedrooms securely lockable
  • Double rooms where available
  • Suitable restaurant facilities
  • Disabled access

However, Expotel offer an “Executive Plus” scheme (originally aimed at increased safety for women), which is available to all of us on request when booking (at no extra cost to Fujitsu). This adds these requirements:

  • Well lit, secure car park or valet parking
  • Room security locks as standard
  • Permanently lit corridors during hours of darkness
  • Room door security peepholes as standard
  • Room number allocation is discreet at reception
  • No ground floor rooms allocated (unless requested or hotel is ground floor only)
  • Provision of a hairdryer (near a mirror)
  • Ironing board and iron available from room service
  • Space to work comfortably in room
  • Provision of full-length mirror

If you find that your room does not meet these requirements – please complain so that the hotel can be taken off the list. Similarly, Expotel can go through the process of adding extra hotels to the list.
And don’t forget that your manager can authorise particular hotels if they want. Don’t suffer in silence.

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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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