Bonus & Pay

Fujitsu Services made a profit of £93m last year, despite taking a “worst case” view of the losses from the NHS (including costs being incurred now) and taking them all last year. This profit was down to the hard work of employees, for which few feel adequately rewarded.
The company announcement about its sponsorship of an exhibition at the Tate Modern gallery has provoked another wave of rage about pay and bonuses.
UNITE carried out an email poll to see whether people want to push for an extra pay increase. This has since been followed up with a paper version, included in our third national leaflet of 2008.
You can read the Manchester version of the leaflet online. If a version hasn’t yet been distributed at your site, why not get in touch?
UNITE reps from across Fujitsu recently met and reviewed the results of the poll. There are already an impressive number of members and non-members from across the UK who have volunteered to help with a pay campaign. Initially, UNITE is asking them to help distribute leaflets, to chase their colleagues to respond to the poll, and to join the union if they haven’t already done so.
The reps felt that it would be difficult to bring a pay campaign to a climax in the middle of the current major redundancy exercise, so the intention is to build the campaign up gradually. If you have suggestions for the campaign, please speak to your local rep.
UNITE’s joint work with Fujitsu on the pilot Equal Pay Review continues, albeit slowly. Meanwhile UNITE is encouraging female employees to take part in a survey of how people feel about equal pay being conducted by the Intellect “Women in IT Forum”. For more information about it, see www.intellectuk.org/women.

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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 but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer and renewed campaign plans are being made.

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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