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:



Possible Lead Rep



Possible PCS lead


Application Services

Jackie Cook


Government and Defence

Possible PCS lead


Private Sector Business Division

Possible UNITE Reuters lead


Central Functions




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 working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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