Industrial Action Plans

The more people that play a part in the action on Friday, the sooner we can make our senior management listen to employees. Nobody wants to be involved in a dispute, but if we don’t make Fujitsu listen, we will have members avoidably losing their jobs, members facing a cut of around 20% in their package when their pension scheme closes, and members on ever more inadequate rates of pay.
UNITE is campaigning on issues which can benefit us all:
Jobs:
1. Minimise job losses
2. Oppose compulsory redundancies
Pay:
3. A fairer pay system
4. More money for employees
Pensions:
5. Defend the ICL DB pension scheme
6. Improve pension provision for those with something worse
If we don’t take a stand now, what cuts in jobs, terms and conditions will Fujitsu demand next? Enough Is Enough!
The official notice of the industrial action, which includes what action has been called, was included in Friday’s email notice and is available online.
To help inform staff who aren’t yet in UNITE about what’s going on, UNITE has produced a new “One Per Desk” leaflet which is being distributed around the country. People may query with you the date when the action short of strike starts, as some printed copies include a typo in one place. The action short of strike starts this Friday – 18th December 2009.
Preparations are now well under way for the first strike, which is this Friday – 18th December. As well as asking all Fujitsu’s UK employees who are not posted overseas to strike (which means doing no work that day), it is important that as many people as possible play an active part.
The priority for Friday will be the “Scrooge” protest outside Fujitsu’s HQ at LON22, which is 22 Baker Street, London, W1U 3BW (map) at 12:00 on Friday 18th December. Fujitsu will be visited by the ghosts of pensions past, jobs present and pay that is yet to come. The protest should attract considerable media interest, helping our campaign. The intention is then to pop round the corner onto Oxford Street to leaflet outside one or two of Fujitsu’s High Street customers.
We need as many members as possible to join the London protest on 18th December (the first strike day). As this is not a picket, you can bring along family, friends, or even colleagues who left on Friday! To help UNITE provide transport, if you’re willing to take part please email your reps ASAP saying where in the country you’d be coming from. Please also speak to your local reps, who should be able to arrange funding for transport via your Regional Officer.
For members in the north-west, UNITE is putting on a coach, which will pick up:

  • Leaving 6am sharp, Chorlton Street, Manchester City Centre (map), alongside the coach station
  • Be at M6 Knutsford Services (southbound) by 6:20am
  • Be at M6 Sandbach Services (southbound) by 6:35am

Please note the CHANGE to the pick-ups previously announced.
If you want a place on the coach, please BOOK IT NOW, stating where you want to be picked up and providing a mobile phone number if you can. The coach will leave London for the return journey at 3pm.
If you can’t make it to London, you can always help out on a picket line near you. Whatever activity you take part in on the day, please remember to sign one of the strike activity registers. This is important both to help your reps organise the campaign effectively, and also because only members who play an active part will be eligible for Hardship Payments on top of the standard Dispute Benefit.
Please let your reps know where you’re able to picket on Friday (which must be your normal place of work).

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included strikes and ongoing action short of strike. Further strikes have been called for 22, 25, 26 May.

This follows the recent 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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