For a number of years employees have complained that while the company had clear plans for which jobs it wants to have in Russia, South Africa or India, it had no clear plans for jobs at key UK locations.
UNITE is delighted to report that the Shared Services part of Infrastructure Services (IS) has put together a plan for which types of work it wants to focus on at its key UK locations, including Manchester. Your reps believe this will help:
- Improve job security
- Help individuals identify appropriate career paths and training
- Reduce travelling
- Larger teams with similar skills, assisting with out of hours rotas etc
- More local management
- Assist managers in resource planning
Reps have been assured that this does not mean a programme of relocating people or work, but rather a gradual process of locating work in the right places as opportunities arise.
Uncertainty following Courtley’s Departure
Inevitably there have been lots of rumours and speculation following the sudden departure of our Chief Executive.
Richard Christou has made clear that he will take some time to discuss and decide on future strategy. In the meantime, this article by industry analysts Ovum gives an indication of his thinking:
New NHS Job Opportunities in Manchester – but beware!
UNITE reps have met with the Company to discuss the transfer of a small number of NHS support roles to Manchester. RARs have been created to enable employees to apply for these new roles within IS Shared Services, and employees on the HMRC/Aspire contract have already been briefed about these opportunities. Although the Company confirmed that none of the jobs on the Aspire contract are currently at risk, they believe the contract will become more Telford based and that the Aspire presence in Manchester will diminish.
If or when the company puts the Aspire jobs at risk, employees would benefit from the protection of the Annex 1 agreement in the redeployment process.
Your reps of course welcome and encourage new work coming to Manchester, however anyone tempted by these opportunities should think carefully about applying for them. The possible catch is that if the NHS work transfers out of Fujitsu, which could happen within the next few months, people taking on the roles could find themselves in scope for TUPE transfer to a new supplier, and arguably to a more uncertain future. The Company offered your reps no guarantees that employees moving into these roles would be protected from a potential TUPE out.