UNITE members should start receiving ballot papers through the post today. Please make sure you return your vote STRAIGHT AWAY to minimise the impact of postal strikes on the ballot.
UNITE is urging members to vote YES+YES to secure an acceptable outcome on Jobs, Pay & Pensions.
You may have read yesterday’s notice from Roger Gilbert about the ballot. The fact that the Chief Executive has to write to every UK employee about the campaign shows how concerned the company is about the campaign. Roger has done wonders for union membership in Fujitsu since he took over, so it’s good to see he’s keeping it up. Roger says how important it is to be fully informed when casting your vote, but curiously fails to include the union web site in the list of resources. Most of our previous newsletters are archived on our ourunion site here. Quite a number of employees have spontaneously decided to reply to Roger Gilbert about his notice. Surprisingly, they are getting individual replies (albeit with a fair amount of cut-and-paste).
We need to keep up the pressure so that management go beyond issuing Communicating notices and actually negotiate with UNITE and PCS to agree a settlement which is acceptable to members. Would this be a better use of our Chief Executive’s time than responding to individual emails? The ballot is key to shifting the company position.
From past experience, the company is likely to try to play down the ballot result. The higher the turnout the harder it will be for the company to do this, so every vote counts. Reps will be working hard on your behalf to maximise the number of members who vote. You can help the campaign by reminding other members to vote too.
If you have not received a voting paper by Friday 16 October, you should contact us via membership at ourunion.org.uk IMMEDIATELY. The full text of the notice of industrial action ballot to UNITE members is on CafeVIK and on OurUnion.
Advice on Selection
The company is keen to press ahead with redundancy selection, despite the situation being a complete shambles. The UNITE email notice on 29th September included some “Tips for Union Members at Risk”.
Under “tips for redeployment”, point 4 was:
“Make sure your online CV, Skills Database entry and CafeVIK Connect profile are all up to date. When filling in the Skills Database, don’t be too modest. You wouldn’t want to lose out on a job to someone else with less skills but a bigger head.”
Given that the company is likely to use your Skills Database entry as part
of selection in the very near future, updating these records is an urgent task for anyone at risk who wishes to remain in the company.

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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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