Manchester: Pay Update

As reported in our newsletter on 18th December, the company has decided to implement a couple of the ideas in our pay claim, which is very welcome. The company has identified its negotiating team as Larry Upton (Employee Relations HR), George Allt (AS), Richard Batty (CS) and Kelly Metcalf (IS HR).
However, UNITE reps are becoming increasingly concerned at the slow pace with which the company is dealing with the April 2009 pay review for Manchester staff. The company has yet to respond to the claim itself, which was submitted on 17th October, or to provide the information necessary to inform the bargaining process, much of which is many months overdue. UNITE proposed a timetable for talks and implementation on 5th December, but the company has yet to respond.
It appears that the company is either failing to give employees’ pay the priority it deserves, or is deliberately trying to delay the process, as in the past.
UNITE has raised these concerns with the company, and has been assured that responses are imminent. It remains to be seen whether these assurances are more reliable than previous ones.
Your reps are discussing what steps to take if there is not significant progress in the next few days. In the meantime, you can help build up the campaign to put pressure on the company by:

  • Wearing your pass on a “UNITE for Fair Pay at Fujitsu” lanyard and asking colleagues to do the same. Lanyards are available from your reps.
  • Making sure you have read the pay claim yourself.
  • Asking your colleagues what they think of the claim, give feedback to your reps.

Many of you will currently be having your appraisals. Remember that you have asked the company to link pay much more clearly to the Performance Appraisal Category (PAC) that comes out of your appraisal, so make sure you prepare properly and argue for the highest score possible.

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'Fujitsu Whistleblower' hotline. Concerned about unethical or illegal practices? Contact the hotline on 0800 852 7479 or It is run by Unite the Union and your identity will be kept strictly confidential. Don't let Fujitsu silence whistleblowers.

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

Strike days announced so far are:

  • Wed 24 – Fri 26 Jan 2018
  • Tue 30 Jan 2018
  • Thu 8 Feb – Wed 14 Feb 2018
  • Thu 22 Feb
  • Sat 24- Wed 28 Feb 2018
  • Fri 16 – Wed 21 Mar
  • Thu 29 Mar – Fri 6 Apr 2018

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

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