UNITE Successes at HP/EDS

Our colleagues at HP/EDS are also facing serious issues over jobs and pay. A recent union newsletter highlights some important successes:

As a direct consequence of the threat of industrial action from Unite and PCS, and especially in the light of the successful industrial action in Germany, it appears that the Company has started listening and taken more determined efforts to mitigate employee reductions. Overall, the number of compulsory redundancies as part of the 2009 Q3 figures was reduced from 178 after an initial EoW to a final figure of 93. Q3 saw an increase in the number of vacancies being filled by those identified at risk There was also a definite increase in the number of instances of the Company allowing backfilling. This in turn has allowed someone to leave voluntarily from an unaffected group generating a vacancy which can be filled by someone in an affected group.

Fujitsu has been quick to highlight the announcement of pay cuts for HP/EDS staff. In reality, the company was quickly forced to climb down and say that these were voluntary. The newsletter explains:

Despite the rather brave face put on by the Company, every indication is that, unsurprisingly, there wasnt a large take up of voluntary pay reductions in the UK.

There are still many battles ahead, but these examples show that union organisation works, just like the example of pay at Steria reported last week.

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'Fujitsu Whistleblower' hotline. Concerned about unethical or illegal practices? Contact the hotline on 0800 852 7479 or fujitsu.whistleblowers@unitetheunion.org. It is run by Unite the Union and your identity will be kept strictly confidential. Don't let Fujitsu silence whistleblowers.

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

Strike days announced so far are:

  • Wed 24 – Fri 26 Jan 2018
  • Tue 30 Jan 2018
  • Thu 8 Feb – Wed 14 Feb 2018
  • Thu 22 Feb
  • Sat 24- Wed 28 Feb 2018
  • Fri 16 – Wed 21 Mar
  • Thu 29 Mar – Fri 6 Apr 2018

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

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