Manchester Dispute Update

The draft agreements were sent to the company and union solicitors for checking. The negotiators have gone through most of their comments together, making minor changes to the drafts, and are meeting again today to continue the work. Both parties hope that a finalised formal offer from the company can be made shortly.
Our latest “One Per Desk” leaflet (entitled “Getting A Better Deal At Work”) highlights the general benefits of collective bargaining and some of the achievements in Manchester in recent years. It is available on CafeVIK and on OurUnion. Over the coming weeks your reps plan further leaflets to help secure a settlement to the dispute and ensure we take full advantage of it. Your assistance in distributing these leaflets would be much appreciated.
A number of issues that were discussed in dispute talks are being dealt with separately to the proposed offer:
* Excessive working hours. The Health & Safety Committee has now begun monitoring this.
* Lack of adequate Fire Marshal coverage, including the option of paying them (as for First Aiders). The Health & Safety Committee is now pursuing this.
* The 2005 MAN05 pay deal included commitments to address anomalies where people weren’t getting company cars, despite being in roles which normally attracted one. The company failed to honour the agreement, which said:
Amicus have identified 32 employees in the bargaining unit who they believe don’t get benefit cars when most of their peers do. The company will review the 32 cases on a case by case basis with the individuals identified. If the individual believes that they are being unfairly treated this will be reviewed with the individual. Where, in the Company’s view there is a possible justification for not giving the individuals a car, this will be reviewed with the individual to try to agree an alternative resolution and reported back to Amicus. The overall review will be completed by the end of May 2005 and where the company agrees that a benefit car should be provided, the decision will be communicated to the individual and the benefit applicable from June 1st 2005.
The original email included a table listing the roles affected and the company guideline car levels.
There seemed little point in the company making the same promises again in a new offer to settle the dispute, so the company have assured us that the implementation has begun and conversations with the individuals concerned will have taken place wherever possible before members come to vote on any new offer to settle the dispute.
If you were in the MAN05 bargaining unit in one of these roles at the time of the 2005 pay deal, please contact your Rep for advice as soon as possible.
You will have seen that UNITE members elsewhere in Fujitsu have voted to accept a new national protocol on organising. Members in WAR08 seem close to winning union recognition. Membership and organisation is growing rapidly in a number of other areas.
It seems unlikely that this national progress would have been possible without the efforts of Manchester members visiting other sites during the dispute, or the national organising campaign that followed.
Manchester members will clearly be in a much better position if other sites are unionised too.

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