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 working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit are balloting for industrial action over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

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