This year saw improvements in the company policy on carrying over Annual Leave, after representations from unions and the UKCF. However, the company is not allowing you to carry over any extra leave you have bought through “Your Choices”, so please make sure you use that up first.

UNITE members can get cheap access to the “European Computer Driving Licence” (ECDL) training courses. Until mid-December you can take these for just £15 for the full set of seven courses (a little over £2 per course). It would take about 40 hours study:
· Concepts of Information Technology (IT) 3.0 hour(s)
· Using the Computer and Managing Files 5.0 hour(s)
· Word Processing 6.0 hour(s)
· Spreadsheets 9.0 hour(s)
· Database 5.0 hour(s)
· Presentation 6.0 hour(s)
· Information and Communication 6.0 hour(s)
For more details see www.reachtms.co.uk/courses/series/e4xpdlsou.htm. To book, please contact our Union Learning Reps.

We’re pleased to welcome Steve Gee as a new UNITE contact in WAK01. Local reps and contacts for the country are listed in the footer of this notice.
Building up our network of contacts and trained reps is vital to developing our organisation across Fujitsu. Individual representation is one of the key benefits of union membership in areas where we don’t yet have union recognition – this is delivered by trained reps or full time officers.
We often can’t report the successes achieved on behalf of members. One member has kindly allowed us to report this example:
After securing a new job and verbally agreeing the salary etc, I informed my previous manager that I would be moving, only to be told that HR had blocked the transfer. Despite asking around, I was unable to get any justification or explanation.
I contacted my Union Rep, Jackie Cook, who was fantastic. She knew exactly how to handle the situation, was very supportive and helped me to write various information requests.
I then received a written offer for the position, but the salary etc were worse than originally agreed. On Jackie’s advice I lodged a formal grievance.
Jackie represented me at the stage 1 grievance meeting, where the situation was sorted out. The company will honour the package originally agreed.
Without Jackie’s help I would probably have just accepted that I could do nothing about my transfer being blocked.

Fancy getting more involved, whether as a rep, contact or in some other way? Get in touch.

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'Fujitsu Whistleblower' hotline. Concerned about unethical or illegal practices? Contact the hotline on 0800 852 7479 or fujitsu.whistleblowers@unitetheunion.org. 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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