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.