UK Consultative Forum Elections

As previously reported, there will be elections to all the seats on the company’s UK Consultative Forum (UKCF) in October.
The UKCF consists of elected employee reps from across the country meeting with management, discussing issues such as:

  • Company plans and strategies, reorganisations
  • Employment trends and threats
  • Changes to employment contracts and working arrangements
  • TUPE transfers
  • Health & Safety
  • Pay and Benefits
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Training and Development

It isn’t a union body, but most of the reps are also union members. The UKCF plays a useful role and having union members on the body is essential to making it as effective as possible. It’s also important that the UKCF and the unions play complementary roles, rather than undermining each other.
UNITE is working with the other unions in Fujitsu to ensure there are a good range of candidates that everyone can support. In response to previous notices, the following potential candidates have already come forward:

Constituency No. of seats Potential Candidates (Union, base)
London, South & East 4 Ken Stainsby (UNISON, STE04)
Linden Smith (UNITE, STE04)
Midlands 2 Alasdair Lewis (UNITE, HOM99)
Kim Heptinstall (UNITE, SOL10)
Martin Bright (PCS, TEL02)
North East 1 John Garvani (UNITE, HOM99/WAK01)
North West 3 Barbara Mead-Mason (UNITE, HOM99)
Dean Burn (UNITE, MAN33)
Ian Allinson (UNITE, MAN34)
— (UNITE, CRE02)
Nikki Aldridge (UNITE, MAN34)
Pauline Bradburn (UNITE, MAN35)
Robert (Wilf) Williams (UNITE, CRE02)
Northern Ireland 1 Tony Hamill (UNITE, IRE11)
Scotland 1 Alan Black (UNITE, GLA15)
Thames Valley and South-West 4 Joe Harrison (UNITE, BRA01)
Jonathan Jenner (UNITE, BRA01)
Wales 1 Andy Fryer (PCS, SWN03)

UNITE is keen to hear from more union members who are interested in standing, regardless of how many potential candidates have already come forward, but particularly from “London, South & East” and “Thames Valley and South-West”.
We’d like to see the UKCF having a good mix of candidates from different sites, job types, age, gender etc. We will encourage the potential candidates to try to agree amongst themselves who would be the best possible mix of candidates for union members to back. If agreement can’t be reached, we will ask members in each region to decide who to back.
If you are interested in standing, please get in touch as soon as possible.
We would encourage members to discuss nominations with other potential candidates prior to submitting a nomination form.
More information
· The UK Consultative Forum community on CafeVIK
· Union material from previous elections: www.ourunion.org.uk/ukcf.htm

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