Recommendation

You are encouraged to attend one of the members’ meetings below before casting your vote.
Your elected Combine Committee is recommending you vote to REJECT the company offer.
The pressure of the campaign has produced some welcome movement from the company, irrespective of whether that is reflected in the text of the offer, measures already taken on jobs, or Roger Gilbert’s announcement. It is also possible that the company could announce further concessions after the offer.
However, the offer is vague and woolly, lacking the firm and substantial commitments that would make a substantial difference to members on Jobs, Pay or Pensions. For example, Roger Gilbert’s “commitment” on pay is no more than the possibility of a thin smear of jam tomorrow – maybe. After the company’s recent record on bonuses and pay, who would rely on this? The company can make firm commitments to customers, suppliers, partners and shareholders, yet they want to carry on giving no real commitments to the workforce that generates the profits.
The only really substantial point is the offer to change the date of redundancy dismissal for those who have already asked to stay past 11th December from 31st January to 26th March. It is disgraceful that instead of offering anything positive to employees, the company is using the threat of dismissal on 31st January to try to bully members into accepting a third-rate offer. Many members have notice periods that extend past 26th March. Terminating their employment on 31st January would actually be breaching their contract of employment. As one member puts it:
“I am one of the people selected for CR who would be affected by an extension to 26th March. I find the way the company is making this conditional on accepting the offer outrageous and appalling. I will not submit to blackmail. We should fight this.”
In the course of negotiations, UNITE put forward many practical and affordable suggestions on Jobs, Pay and Pensions. The company didn’t even include many of the cost-free points in the offer. The company is still targeting profits of around £10,000 per employee this year, so can afford a fair deal. Instead, the company is still pursuing damaging short-term cost control in desperate attempts to get as close as they can to the unrealistic targets set by our previous senior management.
Enough Is Enough!

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Sign the petition – defend the union

Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have voted for more industrial action over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Strike days announced so far are:

  • Wed 24 – Fri 26 Jan 2018
  • Tue 30 Jan 2018
  • Thu 8 Feb – Wed 14 Feb 2018

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

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