Annual Leave Entitlement

The UK government has for some years counted bank holidays towards the minimum 20 days paid annual leave required under the EU Working Time Directive. Unions have been campaigning hard against this injustice, which is exploited by many employers.
This is now being addressed, with a first phase increasing the total to 24 days (including bank holidays) from October 2007 and then a second phase increasing to 28 days (i.e. 20 days plus 8 bank holidays) from April 2008.
The TUC says six million workers will benefit from the increase in paid leave.
It shouldn’t have any effect on direct Fujitsu employees, as our minimum already went up from 28 days (20 plus 8 bank holidays) to 33 days (25 plus 8 bank holidays) during the industrial action in Manchester in 2003.
However, many subcontractors such as cleaners will be among those to benefit.
A report by Incomes Data Services (IDS) says the UK will still lag behind entitlement elsewhere in Europe, which ranges from 28-29 days in the Netherlands to 39.5 days in Denmark.
Unions are lobbying for an additional bank holiday in the UK.

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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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