Consultative Ballot UPDATE

Ballot papers were posted out on Monday to all UNITE members employed by Fujitsu Services in the UK. If you are one of these members and haven’t received yours by Friday 7th August, please let UNITE know.
If you have received your ballot paper, please return it without delay. Your reps are urging you to vote YES + YES to send the strongest possible message to the company that Enough Is Enough. Our goals are:
Pay:
1. A fairer pay system
2. More money for employees
Pensions:
3. Defend the ICL DB pension scheme
4. Improve pension provision for those with something worse

Peter Skyte, the UNITE National Officer for the IT & Communications sector says:

“Fujitsu Services is a highly profitable and successful company which is seeking to take advantage of the recession to attack the pay, pensions and conditions of its workforce.”
“Our experience as a union shows that where members act together to protect and advance their pay and conditions, it is possible to persuade a company like Fujitsu to think again, and that is why we are calling for the maximum support for our pay and pensions campaign and for you to vote YES/YES in the consultative ballot.”

Whilst the way you vote is completely secret, please use the voting button to let your reps know when you’ve posted back your ballot paper. This will enable your reps to work to maximise the turnout without pestering members who have already voted.
Our colleagues in PCS, our sister union in Fujitsu, are organising a consultative ballot of their members at the same time, which all adds to the pressure on the company.
Our ballot has already attracted considerable interest from the media, with coverage from the Daily Mail to Socialist Worker, The Register to Computer Weekly, the Irish Examiner to the Belfast Telegraph and Professional Pensions to CIO UK.
We’re getting support for our campaign from far and wide. UNITE has now published the first batch of messages of support. There’s nothing wrong in standing up to protect you and yours against employer greed.
Questions? Don’t forget the consultative ballot FAQ.

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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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