Manchester: Nominations for Reps

At the AGM, members will be electing:

  • Workplace Representatives: who deal with most of our individual and collective issues. Workplace Reps are recognised by the law and by Fujitsu and get work time off for training and to carry out their duties. We are entitled to have up to 11 Workplace Reps, but can also have deputies.
  • Health & Safety Representatives: who specialise in issues affecting our health, safety and welfare. H&S Reps are recognised by the law and by Fujitsu and get work time off for training and to carry out their duties. We currently have ten H&S Reps (plus four who are also Environmental Reps) but could do with more from different areas around the site.
  • Union Learning Representatives: who specialise in learning, skills and development issues. Learning Reps are recognised by the law any by Fujitsu and get work time off for training and to carry out their duties. We currently have six Union Learning Reps.
  • Equality Representatives: who specialise in equality issues. This is a relatively new role and Equality Reps are not yet recognised by the law or the company, but Fujitsu has committed to discussing their introduction with UNITE. If you want to stand as an Equality Rep it may be worth considering standing as a Workplace Rep as well so that you are recognised in the meantime.
  • Environmental Representatives: who specialise in environmental issues. This is a relatively new role and Environmental Reps are not yet recognised by the law or the company. If you want to stand as an Environmental Rep is may be worth considering standing as a Health & Safety Rep as well so that you are recognised in the meantime.

All these reps will form the reps committee overseeing the work of the group, so it is important you have confidence in all the representatives you elect.
If you wish to volunteer or nominate someone else, please do so by Friday 20th March:
1) The member making the nomination needs to send us an email saying who they are nominating and for which position(s) (i.e. Workplace Rep, Health & Safety Rep, Union Learning Rep, Equality Rep or Environmental Rep).
2) The nominee / volunteer needs to send an email including some information:
a) Which position(s) they are standing for (i.e. Workplace Rep, Health & Safety Rep, Union Learning Rep, Equality Rep or Environmental Rep)
b) Name
c) Work phone numbers – internal & external
d) Site and area (e.g. MAN35-2-East)
e) Department (e.g. Sirius)
f) Optionally, a statement of NO MORE THAN 100 WORDS which would encourage people to vote for you. [Previous examples are available on request]
Note that only UNITE members in scope of the Manchester agreements can stand in these elections. If you have received this email, UNITE believes this includes you. Of course, members elsewhere can hold their own meetings to elect representatives.

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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 while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

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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