The company’s UK Consultative Forum (UKCF) met on 30th July. The UKCF is not a union body, but most of the UKCF reps elected by employees are union members. Forums such as the UKCF are no substitute for union organisation, but they do have a part to play and UNITE is committed to making the UKCF as effective as possible.
Some of the key points from the meeting which aren’t covered elsewhere in this newsletter were:
- The company made £93m profit in 2007-8 despite taking a “worst case” view of the losses from NHS and including them all in last year’s accounts
- The company has changed the guideline levels for medical benefit entitlements, but refused to tell the UKCF what from or to. The company intend to strictly enforce the new levels when people change jobs or roles. UNITE in Manchester has requested this information, which the union is entitled to under our recognition agreement.
- The company has authorised the rollout of the Masternaut vehicle tracking system for mobile engineers. More discussions will take place to try to resolve outstanding concerns about privacy for employees and the potential uses to which the company will put the data.
- The company is no longer charging employees who request copies of their employment contract from HRdirect, but will make a charge for more complex queries or for access to the full HR record.
- The company is setting up new offshore facilities in India and Poland, as well as growing Portugal and Estonia
- MAN23 datacentre closure has been delayed until June 2012, though it could be a year earlier
- When FCY01 closes, people will move to another site in Footscray in April 2009
- The company wants feedback on car policy by 14th August, but says that its proposals are confidential, other than what was published in the May UKCF minutes
- Pay and Benefits reports from January and May are now at last published on CafeVIK
There will soon be by-elections for four vacant UKCF seats, which are in the following regions:
· North West (includes Crewe, Manchester and Warrington)
· Midlands (includes Telford and Solihull)
· Thames Valley and South West (includes Bracknell, Bristol, Slough, Staines etc)
· London, South and East (includes Footscray and Stevenage)
In previous elections, most employees have chosen to be represented by union members on the forum, and UNITE intends to work with other unions in Fujitsu to identify good candidates that all union members can support.
If you would be interested in standing for election, please get in touch as soon as possible. Given that there is currently only one female UKCF rep, women members are particularly encouraged to consider standing.
You can see the information that UNITE put together for previous elections at www.ourunion.org.uk/ukcf.htm.