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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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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