Your reps are working hard making preparations for Wednesday’s Extraordinary General Meeting for all UNITE members in the Manchester bargaining unit:
1-3pm, Wednesday 9th September
MAN35 canteen

All members are entitled to attend in work time, but if your manager might need to arrange cover, you should ask them as early as possible to confirm your release. If you experience any difficulties with release, please contact your rep in good time. Leaving it to the last minute will make it impossible for your reps to help you.
Alongside pay and pensions, redundancies will clearly be a major topic of discussion.
The company is setting up six parallel “forums” for redundancy consultation, despite widespread opposition to this divisive and confusing approach. The company is currently (badly) running elections to these forums for employees not covered by collective bargaining. The UNITE Manchester is entitled to be directly represented on all these forums, but reps are considering coordinating representation with colleagues from other UNITE and PCS bargaining units for logistical reasons.
At this stage, no decisions have been made, but your reps are considering putting forward the following reps to lead our work around the forums:

Forum

Group

Possible Lead Rep

1

Engineering

Possible PCS lead

2

Application Services

Jackie Cook

3

Government and Defence

Possible PCS lead

4

Private Sector Business Division

Possible UNITE Reuters lead

5

Central Functions

 

6

Core

Phil Tepper


Other reps will of course be involved as required, both from Manchester and elsewhere.
Apart from those not at risk at all, there are most UNITE members (nationally) in groups 1, 2 and 6. These are also the largest groups (both nationally and in Manchester).
If you would like to get involved in the Manchester representation on the forums, you need to be elected as a deputy workplace rep at the EGM on Wednesday, where members can also discuss our approach more generally.
If you would like to stand, please contact us as soon as possible including:

  1. Your name
  2. Work phone numbers (internal & external)
  3. Base location and area (e.g. MAN35-2-East)
  4. Department (e.g. Commercial)
  5. Which “at risk” redundancy grouping you are in (1-6), or none
  6. Optionally, a statement of NO MORE THAN 100 WORDS which would encourage people to vote for you. [Previous examples are available on request]

Though nominations can be taken during the meeting, your reps will not be able to circulate details of any received after 5pm on Tuesday (8th Sept).

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are fighting over job security, for union recognition, against victimisation of reps, and over pay and pensions. Members nationally took industrial from 28 February including 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike, after 12 days of local strikes in Manchester.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer.

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