A lot is riding on tomorrow’s strike. The more people that take part, the sooner Fujitsu are likely to start listening, so that we can find a settlement acceptable to members on Jobs, Pay and Pensions.
Most of this notice deals with the practicalities, but here are a few vital reference documents:
- The official notice of the industrial action
- The latest UNITE “One Per Desk” leaflet
- The UNITE Q&A on industrial action, which includes information about Dispute Benefit and Hardship Payments, model letters for the action short of strike etc.
- Don’t forget to ensure you are recorded on one of the strike activity registers wherever you are involved
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. Activities should be complete by 2pm.
The more people who join in, the better. As this is not a picket, you can bring along family and friends.
UNITE members in many parts of the country have already arranged with their Regional Officers for the union to cover their fares to London to take part. If you haven’t already done so, don’t delay.
There are still places left on the coach from the north-west, which is picking 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
The coach will leave London for the return journey at 3pm.
Local pickets and protests
Members around the country are making plans for their local pickets and activities. Here are some we have been able to collate so far:
- Picket IRE11 from 06:45-10:00. Brunch. Leafleting in city centre.
- Picket from 07:30 – 10:00.
- meet outside the Canary Wharf underground station (Jubilee line) 9am-10am. Protest outside LON22, noon, then leaflet Oxford Street till 2pm.
- Picket 06:30-10:30. Brunch. Leafleting in city centre.
- Train to London for the protest.
- Picket at STE04 from 07:00. Train to London for the protest.
- Picket 07:30-09:15. Train to London for the protest.
- Pickets in two shifts, from 05:30-09:00 and 09:00-12:30.
- Thames Valley:
- Train to London for the protest.
Please send in more details of what you’re planning.
Fujitsu staff and the media alike will want to see what’s happening around the country as part of our campaign. Whatever you’re involved in, please make sure you or a colleague takes some photos. To save clogging up email, we suggest you use the following system to get them online as quickly as possible:
- Try to take reasonably high resolution photos – the media don’t like tiny ones.
- Sign up for a (free) picasaweb account, which gives you 1GB of space. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to create a Google account for this.
- Upload your photos using Internet Explorer (or the Picasa software if you prefer). Please make sure you put them in the public ‘gallery’ and tag all photos with “unitefjnatstrike“. Please include the date, location and what the event is in the album title. This means that we can all upload photos and see each others. If you want the media to be able to use your photos, make sure you enable the correct licensing in your settings (e.g. Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike).
Most of us aren’t used to standing around outside in December. Whether you’re picketing, protesting or leafleting, please remember to dress up warm. A flask with a hot drink is a good idea. If there’s a few of you, why not bring flasks of hot water along with tea, coffee, sugar and milk so that you can all make up the drinks you want.
Fujitsu had made a different offer to PCS for their bargaining units than that made to UNITE for the UK as a whole. PCS members have rejected the offer by a large majority. PCS has now issued notice of action short of strike starting from 23rd December 2009. Fujitsu has agreed to further talks with PCS.