HP Strikes, Steria Offer

It isn’t only UNITE members in Fujitsu who are having to consider strike action. Over at HP, mobile engineers plan to hold their first strike on Monday (7th), in opposition to cuts in pay and pension benefits, with further action also announced.
Meanwhile UNITE in IT multinational Steria is recommending acceptance of an offer to settle the dispute over closure of their Defined Benefit (DB) pension scheme. According to the latest UNITE newsletter, Steria has offered to replace the DB scheme with a Defined Contribution (DC) scheme “designed to provide ‘parity’ of benefit with the existing pensions promise people have from their current DB arrangement, at the same cost to them in terms of the contributions that they pay”. The offer includes improvements for staff already on the DC schemes and the agreement being “a legally binding agreement between the three unions and Steria. (In effect Steria would have to give 15 months notice of their desire to close this new scheme and any changes to the scheme have to be agreed by all the parties to the legal agreement”. It also extends union rights in Steria. While the offer doesn’t save the DB scheme, it does protect the overall package value for DB members and provide a number of other gains. No doubt the fact that UNITE members in Steria ran such a successful campaign over pay earlier in the year has influenced Steria’s approach. UNITE members are now voting on the offer.
You can read the UNITE Steria pensions newsletters online.

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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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