Agency Temps, Victimisation

The issue of employers using agency temps with worse pay and rights at work affects nearly every sector of UNITE. At Central Park, many of us are employed by Adecco rather than directly by Fujitsu. UNITE campaigns for temps to receive equivalent terms and conditions to direct employees, and for jobs to made permanent wherever possible.
Our group had helped support UNITE members at Salford Council, who recently took industrial action over the abuse of agency temps. They won their dispute resoundingly, with the council agreeing to 100% service delivery by a permanent workforce. Extra permanent jobs are being created and some previously outsourced work will be brought back in house.
Many of us remember the support we received from the UNISON Manchester Community & Mental Health branch, many of whose members were on strike at the same time as us earlier in the year. Despite them securing a successful outcome to the dispute, their employer has suspended Karen Reissmann, the nurse who led their campaign and spoke at several of our rallies and meetings. The suspension came on the same day they promoted her, and clearly relates to her role in the union.
UNISON is balloting its members for strike action to demand Karenís reinstatement Ė the result is due on Thursday. You can read more about their campaign on their new web site (www.reinstate-karen.org).
As part of their campaign, they plan a march and rally:
Assemble 1pm, Sunday 9th September
Peace Gardens, St Petersí Square (by Manchester Town Hall)

Letís return some of the support we had.

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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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