Thanks to all the members who attended today’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) for Fujitsu Manchester.
Members discussed reports on a range of issues.
A motion on Pay & Pensions was unanimously agreed:
We note that Fujitsu is continuing its drive to increase profits at the expense of employees. We feel strongly that the company has failed to provide any adequate explanation for the changes, and has made no serious attempt to convince employees that they are necessary. We are particularly concerned because the changes appear more like moves to permanently worsen the deal for employees, rather than temporary measures.
We believe that the company’s failure to implement our pay agreement, just weeks after it was reached in good faith, marks a new low-point for Fujitsu in honour and integrity in its dealings with employees.
We oppose the closure of the ICL Defined Benefit pension plan, which is the equivalent of a large pay cut for almost 4000 employees. We believe that the company’s attempt to force this through by proposing to dismiss and re-employ these staff on worse contracts is a disgrace. We believe that this would set a dangerous precedent for the security of pay and benefits for all Fujitsu employees.
We believe that the actions of Fujitsu’s senior management, in trying to cut the living standards of employees, are irresponsible. They risk jeopardising the company’s future by undermining staff morale and skills retention. The actions of Fujitsu and other companies pursuing a similar approach also risk turning recession into depression by reducing consumer demand and spending. This undermines the efforts of governments to spend our taxes on “fiscal stimulus”.
We resolve to:
We instruct our reps and officers to:
A motion on Organisation was unanimously agreed:
We note that very few Fujitsu employees outside Manchester have any experience of taking part in industrial action. We resolve to help our colleagues to tackle and overcome the misconceptions and fears that could prove a barrier to a successful campaign.
We believe that members’ participation and democratic control of a campaign is vital for its successful conduct and outcome. In our dispute in 2006-7, most decisions were taken at meetings open to all members (EGMs or open “strike committee” meetings). We believe that this helped ensure the approach taken was one members understood and supported, increasing unity in action.
We recognise that in a national campaign, it is not appropriate for national decisions to be taken at a Manchester members’ meeting. We recognise the importance of maintaining unity with our colleagues outside the bargaining unit and ensuring they have their say too.
We instruct our reps to:
Members agreed the election of two new reps to join the existing team:
- Nikki Aldridge, as a deputy Workplace Rep
- Roberts, as both a deputy Workplace Rep and an Equality Rep
A collection for the dispute at Linamar Swansea over the victimisation of UNITE convenor Rob Williams raised £110.82.