Fujitsu Manchester, Report from EGM

Thanks to all the members who took part in Friday’s Manchester members’ meeting. Apologies to those who had to stand up.
This is a summary of the key points:

  • Members voted to accept the company’s improved pay offer. The company has been notified of this decision, so the company will begin implementation. Members were clear that while it isn’t a great deal, it is better than in the rest of the company and includes a number of points that make the pay system fairer which can be built on in the future.
  • Make sure you are having the right discussions with your manager in time to influence their pay review decisions:
    • Those who attended the meeting were provided with a confidential UNITE briefing pack on Fujitsu’s 2009 pay and benefit scales. Please remember that these are strictly confidential – if anyone else wants a copy, please direct them to a rep. Arrangements will be made to provide copies of the briefing to other members in the near future.
    • Know which pay system you are on, where you are in the structure, and what the relevant pay and benefit scales are for you.
    • If you’re on the D1-4 pay system (TSS/1, TSS/2 and TSM/1 staff in helpdesks), make sure you’ve had your D1-4 level reviewed with your manager and you know what level you are. You should also pay attention to your Rise+ assessment – though this won’t be used this year, it could affect you in the future.
    • If you’re not on the D1-D4 system, use your salary, the median for your role and your PAC rating to work out how much of a rise you’ll get from the matrix (on top of your cost of living rise and any discretionary rise).
    • If you had a disturbance allowance consolidated in 2007, make sure your manager knows this and argue for an extra discretionary rise on that basis.
    • This is a proper pay agreement, so if you believe your management are not sticking to it, please contact your reps as soon as possible.
  • UNITE is having a major mobilisation for the “Put People First!” demonstration in London on 28th March in advance of the G20 summit where world leaders will be discussing their response to the economic crisis. Transport is being laid on from around the country and we are keen to ensure we have a sizeable delegation. If you are interested in attending, please get in touch as soon as possible.
  • The election for the UNITE Joint General Secretary from the Amicus section is under way. If you joined before 2 February 2009 and who have not received a ballot paper by Wednesday 25 February 2009 you should contact the Elections Department on 0800 7313407.
  • Many employees have been joining the union. The big difference between our pay deal and the company “guidelines” used in the rest of the company is a powerful argument for union organisation. On a more individual basis, union members are the only ones with access to pay and benefit guidelines to help them take advantage of the deal, as the company still insists on keeping non-members in the dark. Please keep recruiting your workmates – the stronger we are the more effective we can be.
  • We will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in March, where we can assess how the pay review is going, elect our reps etc.
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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are fighting over job security, for union recognition, against victimisation of reps, and over pay and pensions. Members nationally took industrial from 28 February including 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike, after 12 days of local strikes in Manchester.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer.

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