UNITE Calls Industrial Action

Fujitsu has acknowledged the letter from UNITE and PCS offering talks over Jobs, Pay & Pensions, but the company has so far not responded. As you will see from the updates below, we cannot afford to wait any longer before starting industrial action.
UNITE has now issued the official call to members for industrial action (strike action and action short of strike) as follows:

The action will be continuous, commencing on Thursday 12 November 2009, and will consist of the following:

  • Ban on overtime (paid or unpaid) unless paid at least Unsocial Hours Policy (UHP) rates.
  • Work to rule and contract (for example ban on work phone calls outside contracted hours unless paid on standby, ensure backup before and after applying patches, test and document thoroughly, be diligent about Performance Plus and Personal Development Plan activities and what is written in objectives, carefully read all Company notices and Health & Safety information, read all the information from the Pensions and Redundancy consultation web sites, take regular backups of PC, comply with the “tidy desk” policy).
  • Ban on using own vehicle to travel on company business unless in receipt of an allowance.
  • Policy of non co-operation

In addition, discontinuous strike action for three days on Thursday 12 November, Friday 13 November and Monday 16 November 2009.

Every member and non-member employed by Fujitsu Services in the UK and not posted abroad can take part. Please refer to the Q&A in the notice to members on 2nd November.
In the secret ballot, members backed the action (with a vote which was roughly twice what the winning party gets in a UK General Election). Whether you voted for action or not, it’s now in the interests of every employee to ensure that it is as effective as possible so that the dispute can be brought to a swift and satisfactory conclusion.
The ballot result itself received very wide media coverage, including the IT industry press, business press, local press, pensions press, Reuters, the Telegraph, Sky and the Times. If we have to go ahead with industrial action it will undoubtedly attract even more interest, adding to the pressure on Fujitsu to reach a negotiated settlement.

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Sign the petition – defend the union

Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are fighting over job security, for union recognition, against victimisation of reps, and over pay and pensions. Members nationally took industrial from 28 February including 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike, after 12 days of local strikes in Manchester.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer.

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

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