Manchester EGM Report

Today’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) at Central Park discussed the company offer to settle the dispute. Members unanimously passed the following motion:

We welcome the offer from the company to resolve the dispute and endorse the recommendation from our Regional Officer and the Reps’ Committee that the offer should be accepted.
We resolve to:

  1. Instruct our Reps to organise a ballot on the offer, to be conducted by email, opening on Tuesday 28th August and closing on Monday 10th September. All UNITE members who would be covered by the proposed new agreement should be entitled to vote
  2. Suspend industrial action, pending the result of the vote
  3. Campaign for a large YES vote
  4. Encourage our colleagues to join the union and get involved
  5. Instruct our Reps to organise open meetings during the ballot where members and non-members can ask questions about the offer
  6. Cease industrial action altogether if the ballot results in a majority to accept the offer

The open meetings will take place in MAN35 G CR2 on:
1) Friday 31st August, 12:30-1pm
2) Friday 31st August, 2-2:30pm
3) Tuesday 4th September, 10:30-11am
4) Tuesday 4th September, 12-12:30pm
The meeting also heard from Karen Reissmann from the UNISON Manchester Community & Mental Health Branch. Amongst many union bodies that had supported us during our dispute, Karen’s had been one of the strongest. Members of the branch had been on strike at the same time as us and taken part in joint rallies and events.
After winning their campaign against cuts, job losses and downgrading, the branch now faces a fresh dispute after the trust suspended her on disciplinary allegations entirely relating to her union role. Members of the branch will be striking for Karen’s reinstatement from Wednesday of next week. The meeting agreed to make a £2000 donation from our strike fund and a collection raised an additional £250.80.
More information can be found from www.reinstate-karen.org or supportkarenreissmann.googlepages.com.

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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 while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

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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