Ballot Results

On Thursday UNITE announced the result of our industrial action ballot. PCS members in Fujitsu also voted for industrial action. The results are summarised below:

Union

% for strike

% for action short of strike

UNITE

74%

92%

PCS

67%

85%

These are large majorities for strike action and action short of strike from both unions, sending a clear message to the company that staff won’t tolerate their current approach to Jobs, Pay and Pensions.
Messages of congratulation for the impressive votes and the stand members are taking have been coming in from across the trade union movement.
Though members have clearly decided they are prepared to take action, this is always a last resort – everyone would prefer a negotiated settlement. UNITE and PCS are calling on the company to open talks. It would be irresponsible of senior management to put out dire warnings about the potential consequences of industrial action, but then fail to lift a finger to avoid it.
Let’s remember what we’re campaigning for:
Jobs:
1. Minimise job losses
2. Oppose compulsory redundancies
Pay:
3. A fairer pay system
4. More money for employees
Pensions:
5. Defend the ICL DB Pension scheme
6. Improve pension provision for those with something worse
Fujitsu can easily afford to settle this dispute. Much of what employees want to see is things Fujitsu should be doing anyway, things that many other companies do already, and things Fujitsu has sometimes done in the past.
Please note that so far the unions have NOT called any industrial action. You will be clearly notified if and when UNITE calls any action.
Fujitsu currently proposes to dismiss redundant employees on 11th December, leaving little time for delay. Your elected Combine Committee is discussing possible dates for strike action if the dispute is not settled and the company does not ease the time pressure on jobs and pensions. They are also discussing the idea of a variety of action short of strike on an ongoing basis. UNITE is working with PCS to coordinate our plans.
Though UNITE is NOT calling any industrial action at this stage, your Combine Committee is asking reps, contacts and members in every area to plan now for action. The better we prepare now, the greater the chances that the action won’t be needed. See the section on “Local Meetings” below for details.

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK have been taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

The national dispute follows the resolution of a local dispute in Manchester which included 12 strike days.

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

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