Out Of Hours

The Company sent an announcement about “Out of Hours Payment (overtime, shift and standby)” to Core Services employees on 4th October, despite strong protests from UNITE, PCS and UKCF reps that it was wrong to keep staff in the Business Units in the dark about the process.
The letter has (rightly) raised a lot of questions, as it makes clear that the aim is “modified terms and conditions for all existing employees” as well as for new joiners.
This will affect you whether you currently work overtime / shifts / standby or not.
Meanwhile the UKCF reps on the Out Of Hours subgroup have finally been allowed to publish their report to the May UKCF meeting (along with a short July report) – you can find these on CafeVIK.
Reps are becoming increasingly concerned about the process. The company’s decision to impose (without consultation) outrageous new “guidelines” on people who moved into IS did little to help. The fact that the company hasn’t dared bring them in for people covered by collective bargaining reinforces the message that employees across the company need to get organised to stand up for their rights.
As a next step, the company intends to write individual letters to employees who they think they’ve paid for working overtime, shift or standby in the last year or so.
This letter will state which Terms & Conditions the company believes you are currently entitled to. The reps on the subgroup believe that the company’s information is wildly inaccurate in many cases.
It is vitally important that you check and correct the information on the letter. If you sign and return it with incorrect information, you could be giving the company evidence to worsen your contractual entitlements.
If in doubt, please contact your rep. Reps themselves may need to consult the reps involved in the subgroup for guidance, as this is a complex area.
The IS guidelines and the company’s bulldozing approach will only increase fears that this “harmonisation” is little more than another cost-cutting exercise at employees’ expense. Staff will only be able to have a real influence on the process if they know what’s going on and can organise collectively around the issues.
UNITE and PCS have agreed a joint leaflet on the issue, so that we can alert employees to what’s going on whether they are members or not. If you want to protect terms and conditions at your site, why not contact our Senior Organiser, Sarah Holden, on 07919 307 433 to discuss getting it distributed where you work.
Don’t forget our “Out Of Hours” survey which is open to all employees to complete. See: www.ourunion.org.uk/ooh

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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.

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