NHS, Job Security, Bonus, Pay

Employees across the country have been contacting UNITE reps to discuss their concerns about the termination of the main NHS contract and the subsequent withdrawal of bonuses.
The most important concern is job security for the 1000+ people who were working on the account. At present it is far from clear what the consequences will be, but UNITE will be monitoring the situation as it develops. If you are a member in this group, please keep your local reps informed to make sure you get any support you need.
Employees are generally unhappy about the poor communication from management about the current situation.
Bonus & Pay
Cancellation of bonuses, coming on top of a miserly pay review, means most employees will get paid less this year than last Ė at a time when prices are rising fast.
Feedback from employees so far has highlighted the following key points:

  • Many cannot afford a cut in income, particularly the lower paid.
  • Bonuses are worth far less than decent pay rises. They arenít reliable, they arenít consolidated to form the basis for future rises, and they donít count towards pension, redundancy pay, overtime etc.
  • Those receiving tax credits and state benefits are worried about losing out twice, as tax credits are normally calculated annually and wonít automatically rise to take account of reduced income.
  • We are being made to pay for problems not of our making.
  • A pay rise (cut?) followed by no bonus is extremely de-motivating.

Many people have been asking what the union is going to do about the cut in our income. But of course the members are the union so it is up to you to decide.
One option is to campaign for an additional pay rise this year. The logic behind this is:

  • The company took the loss from the NHS contract in last yearís accounts
  • The bonus would have been funded from last yearís accounts
  • The company says its underlying business performance is very strong, and that there will be no impact from the NHS contract on future company results
  • The cost of an additional pay rise would come from the accounts in this and future years
  • A pay rise would offset the loss of bonus this year, and help address our poor rates of pay in the longer term
  • Employees need some good news to raise morale, performance and productivity

There is no point launching a campaign for an additional pay rise unless the campaign is going to attract widespread active support and participation Ė essential to have a reasonable prospect of success.
Your reps are therefore asking you to let us know either:
A) I am prepared to put up with the loss of bonus
Or
B) I would help campaign for an additional pay rise
Your reps will be able to review the responses and take an informed view about whether this is the right approach and what sort of campaign is appropriate and realistic.
The original notice invited members to email this article on to a few Fujitsu friends or colleagues who arenít in the union yet, so that they can also express their views? They are just as affected by the issues and their views will help your reps build up a fuller picture.

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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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