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 (
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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'Fujitsu Whistleblower' hotline. Concerned about unethical or illegal practices? Contact the hotline on 0800 852 7479 or It is run by Unite the Union and your identity will be kept strictly confidential. Don't let Fujitsu silence whistleblowers.

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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