The company is setting up a “pairing” system to match people selected for Compulsory Redundancy (CR) against people who want to leave. However, they’re not telling half the people who want to leave about it. UNITE intends to run its own system to help members selected for redundancy. If you’re a UNITE member in this category, please send a short note to amicustheunion at uk.fujitsu.com including your name, your current role code, what role code(s) you would be interested in, any specific skills you want to highlight, any geographical restrictions on jobs you’d take, and whether you want to keep your name confidential. Generally it works best if you are willing to say who you are, but this is not essential. UNITE will circulate members with details of those members seeking redeployment, to see if anyone can identify an opportunity or a volunteer who could take your place.
Please refer to the guidelines for 1-1 meetings which were included in the email notice on 5th November.
Remember that being selected for Compulsory Redundancy isn’t the end of the story. Lots of people are still in Fujitsu who have been selected before. You need to divide your energies appropriately between:
The Appeal Process
Seeking redeployment within Fujitsu
Seeking jobs outside Fujitsu (outplacement)
Taking part in the campaign against Compulsory Redundancies
If you want to stay, you should appeal.
Make contact with a local rep at an early stage to arrange representation. See the list in the footer of this email.
The company is (at last) setting up Information Centres for people at risk in Manchester (MAN35 canteen), Bracknell and Stevenage. Use these. The company has arranged two competing providers of support, one using workshops, and one web-based. UNITE suggests staff try both, but you will soon have to choose. In general, we suggest the face-to-face option will be more appropriate because the provider can refer you on to other training etc. There will also be sessions with Job Centre Plus, which reps advise people attend regardless of whether you expect to claim benefits. Details of the Outplacement Support services are on CafeVIK.
Check out the Recruitment portal on CafeVIK, but use your networks too – many opportunities aren’t advertised.
Job adverts are often poor. Don’t be put off. You can argue for a job to be changed to fit you if you don’t fit it.
The company may be about to spend thousands of pounds making you redundant. There is a strong case for the company to spend that money on retraining and supporting you instead. If you need training to help you get redeployed, ask for it.
Don’t take “no” for an answer, and don’t accept a poor response. If you haven’t quickly heard back from a job application, chase it up. Don’t just rely on email – pick up the phone too. If you don’t get a satisfactory response, escalate it as far as you have to. If you get turned down for a job, ask why, so that you can address any weaknesses before it’s too late. You might feel awkward about being so pushy, but think how you’d feel in six months if you had no job and were kicking yourself for not picking up the phone. Your livelihood is on the line – insist that management and HR take that seriously and give you the support you deserve. Whatever you need to succeed – ask for it.
Check out the latest “Shortage Skills” list on CafeVIK. If you have any of these skills it is a great argument against redundancy.
If considering redeployment into a different role-code, remember to check the company pay scales for the new role so that you are making an informed decision and don’t get demoted without your knowledge. The scales are confidential and available from UNITE to members only.
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.