Thanks to everyone who took part in Friday’s strike action in support of our campaign on Jobs, Pay and Pensions.
Despite the snow and it being the Friday before Xmas, large numbers of members didn’t just strike, but took part in campaign activities designed to put pressure on the company to make an offer acceptable to members.
Members staged a “Scrooge” protest outside the (LON22) head office in London. Strikers heard speeches from our UNITE National Officer and our Assistant General Secretary, as well as being joined by supporters from a wide range of unions including UNITE, PCS, FBU, NUT, UCU, NUS and TSSA, as well as campaigners from Right To Work and the National Shop Stewards Network. Senior managers Peter Jeram and John Lucas came out for a chat. Members then leafleted outside customers (Marks & Spencer, Vodafone and Lloyds) in Oxford Street. You can see photos from the London events online.
There were pickets at all the sites planned, with photos already online from Manchester, Belfast, Crewe and Stevenage. In Manchester, members also leafleted outside customers (Marks & Spencer, Tesco, TK Maxx) in Market Street. In Crewe, pickets sang the Fujitsu song (with alternative lyrics).
On Friday large amounts of money were donated to the dispute fund, but please keep up your fundraising activities to ensure every member can get the financial support they need throughout the campaign. Our “Appeal For Support” leaflet and collection sheet can be downloaded from www.ourunion.org.uk.
The strike attracted extensive media coverage, which is part of our strategy to put pressure on Fujitsu’s senior management. Notably, BBC Radio 4’s flagship news programme, Today, carried both interviews and commentary.
The company has not yet agreed to return to talks, but these are early days.

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are fighting over job security, for union recognition, against victimisation of reps, and over pay and pensions. Members nationally took industrial from 28 February including 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike, after 12 days of local strikes in Manchester.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer.

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

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