A big thank-you to everyone who has so far signed our online petition against the pay freeze. In this short period of time, clashing with the Easter holidays, 1335 employees have already signed it.
If you haven’t signed already, please do. You can see the signatories and the comments they have left. The company is well aware of the petition, which has also received media coverage.
If you haven’t already forwarded the email below to a few colleagues, please do, as there are still lots of people who haven’t signed. We can’t allow senior HR people to carry on claiming that most employees agree with the pay freeze.
Please DON’T get in trouble by forwarding this email to a big list of recipients. Even if sending to a short list, BCC is best.
We need to make a firm response, whether or not this results in the company retreating on the pay freeze itself. The stronger the response from employees, the less likely the company are to come back for more – whether that’s bonuses, pensions, out of hours payments or jobs.
The petition has been a great start – demonstrating to the company that employees won’t stay silent. But this is not the only step taken.
UNITE has been working with PCS (the second biggest union in Fujitsu) to campaign against the pay freeze. The two unions have produced a joint national leaflet which is now available for distribution.
If you can help distribute the leaflet at your site, please get in touch saying how many leaflets you need, where they should be sent and where you intend to distribute them. You can also request some of the UNITE “Fair Pay” lanyards for people to wear their ID cards on. Keep the pressure on!
Our reps in Manchester, where the union is already recognised by the company for pay bargaining, have also taken a number of steps decided by members at their meeting on 25th March:
- Censuring the company for breaking the Manchester pay deal.
- Using the right to information for collective bargaining to request a detailed justification for the pay review.
- Registering a Failure To Agree in the pay talks.
As a result, the company has provided some financial information to UNITE reps in confidence, but reps remain to be convinced that this represents a legitimate basis for the pay freeze itself, or its announcement at such a late stage.
Central to the company’s case for the pay freeze are its concerns about financial year 2009-10, but the company has so far refused to provide any forecasts. UNITE is now pursuing legal action to force disclosure. Is the company keeping the forecasts secret because they don’t justify the pay freeze? If senior management took such a major decision without such forecasts then perhaps they are in the wrong jobs.
Following the Manchester “Failure To Agree”, “stage 3” talks have been arranged with ACAS for Thursday 30th April. The company negotiating team will be led by Richard Bull. UNITE will report back to members following this meeting.