Defend Jobs (Fujitsu)

Employees should now have seen the announcement from Fujitsu that it proposes to cut 1200 jobs in the UK.
When the company announced the pay freeze, UNITE warned that if there was not a strong response to the company’s attempts to increase profits at the expense of employees, the company could come back for more, whether that was on pensions, other benefits or jobs.
UNITE has not yet seen any detailed information from the company about the reasons for the proposal, areas affected etc, so detailed comment is not yet possible. However, UNITE’s position is always to protect members’ jobs, so please keep an eye out for further union notices.
The company proposes to run six separate redundancy consultation processes covering different parts of the business – putting a total of about 6000 staff at risk and proposing to cut around 20% of the jobs from among that 6000. This runs the risk of producing a divided and uncoordinated response from employees, which would be disastrous. Union organisation is the only way to cut across the various locations, business and capability units and professional communities to develop a coordinated response in the interests of employees.
UNITE and PCS will be directly taking part in the consultation process on behalf of employees covered by union recognition. Elsewhere, the company intends to seek nominations or volunteers to act as reps on behalf of the employees affected. It is in the interests of every employee to ensure there is effective representation in the consultation process, so please consider standing or nominating a colleague if you are in one of the areas affected. Ideally there would be a set of candidates that all union members could support, rather than either not enough candidates or lots of good people standing against each other. To help the unions coordinate this, please let your reps know if you are willing to stand for election in the consultation process. It is beneficial for all staff (union members or not) to have union members representing them in the consultation process, because they have access to additional support, advice and help through the union.
If you know colleagues who may be interested in joining UNITE, please pass on this email to a few of them.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit are balloting for industrial action over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

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