The proposal for a new national structure for UNITE in Fujitsu across the UK was approved by members. The vote was 452 to 6. Thanks to everyone who took the time to cast their vote. The proposal is reproduced below. This “combine committee” structure is essential to ensure we can run our pay and pensions campaign democratically and effectively.
As well as the votes, there was some useful feedback. In particular, it was pointed out that given that the role of the committee members includes maximising members’ involvement in decision-making, the “combine-7” committee is too small to take potentially contentious decisions except in an emergency.
The next step is to elect the members of the “combine-21” committee who will represent you.
It’s really important that every area of the country is properly represented, so please take a look at what is involved (see the proposal below) and consider standing yourself or encourage a colleague to stand.
To stand, please contact us, including:
- Your name
- Your contact details (email, phone, mobile)
- Which constituency you are standing for
- An election statement of up to 100 words
Nominations must be received by Friday 3rd July.
Proposal for national structure for UNITE Fujitsu UK|
The campaign over pay and pensions requires a UK-wide UNITE structure to enable timely, representative and democratic decision-making, involving members as fully as possible.
Given the large number of Fujitsu sites and HOM99 staff, representation must be regionally-based, rather than built upon the workplace rep/contact structure.
If this proposal is approved by members, UNITE will run a ballot for members to elect a “combine committee” (this name is widely used in other companies). The ballot will be run by email, with a paper alternative where UNITE does not hold an email address.
The constituencies and numbers of seats set out in the table below are roughly proportional to membership. The regions definitions are largely based on the UKCF constituencies.
All members would be invited to stand for election for their constituency. The candidates with the highest number of votes would be elected to the “combine-21” committee.
Being a member of the combine committee is a separate role from being a local rep or contact, but it is expected that most committee members would also be doing that role.