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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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK have been taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer and renewed campaign plans are being made.

The national dispute follows the resolution of a local dispute in Manchester which included 12 strike days.

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

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