Fujitsu Pay Freeze

This morning’s announcement that the 1st April Fujitsu Services pay review “will no longer happen” has shocked employees.
The decision was justified on grounds of the current economic downturn, but no specifics were given about the impact on Fujitsu Services.
Many employers in genuine difficulties are seeking to sustain profits by pushing the costs of the recession onto their employees. Many other employers who are not in trouble are trying to take advantage of the recession to push through attacks on pay, jobs and terms and conditions. It is not clear at this stage which category this Fujitsu Services decision falls into.
When in 2008 the company results proved to be much better than expected, management didn’t suddenly increase our pay rises. Our pay seems to behave in the opposite way to petrol prices – when the oil price goes up, petrol prices rise rapidly, but when the oil price comes down, the price at the pump falls much more slowly.
It is interesting how unclear the announcement is on several points, which could be because it is intended to “test the reaction” from employees before decisions are taken, for example on the scope and length of the pay freeze.
For example, the announcement says that the company will “review all situations on a case by case basis”, but HR are verbally telling reps that the decision will also affect people covered by collective bargaining – even where a pay deal has already been agreed!
Please talk to your reps about how you feel about the pay freeze and how you would like to respond.
It is important that you feed your views in to your reps. Your UNITE reps will be liaising with colleagues from the PCS union and discussing how we should respond.
By coincidence, members in the Manchester bargaining unit will have the opportunity to discuss the issue at their Annual General Meeting (2-3:30pm, Wednesday 25th March, MAN34 conference rooms GCR1&2). The Manchester reps’ position is that the company should honour the pay deal unless members agree otherwise. Members at the AGM will discuss whether to change this position or how to ensure the company complies with it.
Pass It On
If you know a few Fujitsu friends or colleagues who aren’t in the union yet but you think might be interested, why not pass this email on to them?
If you’re one of those friends or colleagues, and are interested in finding out more about UNITE in Fujitsu, you can leave your details here:
www.ourunion.org.uk/interested
…or just join of course!

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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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