Fujitsu makes extensive use of temporary agency workers. For example, the helpdesks use the agency Adecco as a primary route into the company.
There’s a legitimate case for Fujitsu using temps for a short time to cover fluctuations in workload or as a form of recruitment and probation. But members on a number of sites report worryingly high proportions of temps, many of them with long service at Fujitsu.
Inappropriate use of temps is an issue because temps have less job security and often worse pay and benefits too. This is bad news for the temps, and for “permanent” staff who work alongside them and feel their pay and benefits are being undermined.
Did you know:
- Temps can join UNITE, just like permanent staff. And if enough temps joined, we could claim union recognition too.
- Fujitsu recently offered a permanent job to a long-serving temp in Manchester after UNITE representation. Other cases are now under consideration.
- UNITE is campaigning for Fujitsu to update its grievance and disciplinary procedures so that temps have a proper route to get issues sorted out. Last year’s Manchester deal included a company promise to do this and UNITE is now working on implementation.
- UNITE is campaigning for better legal rights for temporary and agency workers. A bill will be debated in parliament tomorrow (22nd February) and UNITE is lobbying MPs to support it.
- Most of the arguments against giving rights to temps and agency workers are based on myths.