Preparing Industrial Action

Meetings have already taken place this week in Stevenage, Crewe and Wakefield. The following meetings are coming up this week:
∑ Thursday 5th November, Room 217, SOL10, 16:00-17:30
∑ Friday 6th November, MAN33 Canteen, MAN33, 14:45-16:00
Your Combine Committee is encouraging reps and members in every area to get together now to plan for industrial action. Reps have been provided with a checklist to help with the planning. Please feed your local plans into the Combine Committee member(s) for your region (see footer).
Lots of members wonít be able to attend meetings, so it would be helpful if you could let your reps know which site you would be picketing at.
The section of the Q&A on picketing may help:
Picketing means being outside a workplace, trying to persuade others not to go in to work. Itís normal to use placards and leaflets to communicate with people, as well as trying to speak to them directly. We want all our picket lines to be friendly and good humoured.
The law allows peaceful picketing by workers at their own place of work. Different rules apply to members who donít have a regular place of work, normally work from a variety of workplaces, are mobile, or for whom it is impractical to picket at their place of work because of its location. These workers may picket any place from which they work or from which their work is administered. Union officers (which includes reps as well as full-time union officials) can accompany a member they represent who is picketing their place of work.
There is no right to picket on private property, but sometimes the owner will allow this, for example if it is more convenient, less disruptive or safer.
There should be a responsible person in charge of each picket line. Itís a good idea for these people (sometimes called ďpicket captainsĒ) to have lists of mobile numbers to keep in touch.
Pickets can lawfully ask people who are not Fujitsu employees not to cross, but if those people take part in industrial action they would not be covered by the same legal protection.

Our strategy depends on members being active, to maximise pressure on the company and minimise the industrial action we need to take in order to secure a fair deal on Jobs, Pay & Pensions. As well as picketing there will be lots of other campaign activities to pressure the company via customers, media, MPs etc, as well as to raise funds for our campaign.

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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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