Manchester Extraordinary General Meeting

There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) for all UNITE members in the Manchester bargaining unit:
2pm-4pm, Wednesday 3rd June
MAN35 canteen

This is a crucially important meeting, which will focus on the two key issues of the pay freeze and the attack on pensions. Please do your utmost to attend and have your say on key decisions for your future.
Members are entitled to attend the meeting in work time. If your manager might need to arrange cover for you while you are away from your job, please confirm your release with your manager as soon as possible. If you have any difficulty arranging release, please contact your rep straight away if you leave it till the last minute, your reps may be unable to help.
Agenda
If you have any other items for the agenda, please let your reps know as soon as possible and in good time before the meeting so that the EGM can be properly organised.
Elections
As well as dealing with the pressing issues, a General Meeting is an opportunity to elect new reps to join our existing team (see footer).
The EGM could elect:
* 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. We currently have 11 reps and one deputy, so anyone standing would be a deputy for the time being.
* 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 nine 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 but the company and the union are committed to increasing this if possible.
* 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. We currently have two Equality Reps but would welcome more.
* 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. We currently have four Environmental Reps but would welcome more.
All these reps 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 Monday 1st June:
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. 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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