As part of our efforts to protect the jobs of Fujitsu staff working on the NHS account, UNITE National Officer Peter Skyte and UNITE Senior Rep Ian Allinson met with Ben Bradshaw, the health minister.
Central to UNITE’s case to Connecting For Health and the government throughout has been the risk that Fujitsu would make staff redundant before CFH had decided on a new supplier. UNITE has been pressing them to assist Fujitsu and BT to bridge the timing gap and protect jobs.
The government did not agree to this in time to prevent Fujitsu dismissing around 70 staff in September. However, UNITE has now received an update from the minister confirming an arrangement with Fujitsu to extend the employment of those who remain at risk whilst discussions continue with BT about a potential transfer.
In practice, this appears to mean CFH extending funding to cover those Fujitsu staff still employed on the NHS account from 28th November to 28th January 2009 – even though not all of them will have work to do throughout the interim period.
This is a welcome development to improve job security, and shows the value of union lobbying.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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