Strike Updates (Thurs)

Strike on Friday 8th January and Monday 11th January
Congratulations to all the members who struck today, and particularly those who braved arctic conditions to picket and take part in other activities.
Members were buoyed up by the news this week of the company’s first substantive concession on pensions. However inadequate it may be, offering an extra 5% pay to over 3000 employees is another achievement to put alongside the many jobs saved and the extra year’s pension. A good start after only one strike day! If we remain determined we can win a fair settlement on Jobs, Pay and Pensions.
Despite the weather, reports are coming in from pickets in Belfast, Stevenage (complete with barbecue, click on the link to see the photos), Crewe , Solihull, Wakefield and Manchester (photos, photos, photos and photos). Picketing in Basingstoke and delegation work in Manchester were cancelled today due to the snow. Fundraising activities have also started in earnest to ensure we can supplement the Dispute Benefit that all striking members will get with Hardship Payments where required.
The strike has again attracted significant media coverage (see Google and LabourStart), with TV cameras and radio interviews supplementing the online and printed media.
As more members get involved in the campaign, more activities are being organised and put in place. See below for updates. Please take part in whatever you can:

Day

Region

Activities (new items in red)

Friday 8th Jan

London, South & East

Picket STE04, 6:45-10:00

Members meeting / phone conference, 11:00.  Either attend at UNITE, Woodberry, 218 Green Lanes, London N4 2HB (nearest tube Manor House) or dial in on —.

Manchester Bargaining Unit

Picket MAN33/34/35, 06:30-10:00

Delegation work

Midlands

Picket SOL10, 08:00-9:30

Midlands members meeting, 10:30, White Swan, 32-34 Station Road Solihull

Delegation work in Midlands

Yorkshire & North-East

Picket WAK01, 07:30-09:15

Delegation work in Wakefield

Northern Ireland

Picket IRE11, 07:00-11:00

Delegation work in Belfast

North-West

Picket CRE02, 07:30-10:00

Delegation work in Crewe

Picket WAR07/08/13

Warrington members meeting, 11:00

Thames Valley & South West

Picket BRA01, 08:00-09:30

Thames Valley members meeting, 10:30, Priestwood Community Centre, Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, RG42 1TU.  (behind the Admiral Cunningham pub)

Monday 11th Jan

London, South & East

Picket STE04, 6:45-10:00

Delegation work in London

Delegation work in Stevenage

Manchester Bargaining Unit

Picket MAN33/34/35, 06:30-10:00

Rally outside MAN33/34/35, 09:00

Manchester members meeting, 11:30, UNITE office, Parkgates, Bury New Road, Manchester M25 0JW (entrance on Sedgley Park Road)

Yorkshire & North-East

Picket WAK01, 07:30-09:15

Northern Ireland

Picket IRE11, 07:00-11:00

North-West

Picket CRE02, 07:30-10:00

Picket WAR07/08/13

Thames Valley & South West

Picket BSN01, 08:15-10:00 and 12:00-13:30

Delegation work in Thames Valley

Chesterfield Public Meeting

The Fight To Defend Pensions in the IT Sector

5pm, Monday 11th January

Brampton Manor Club, Old Road, Chesterfield, S40 3QR

Speakers:

  • Bill Eyre Unite Workplace Rep at Steria
  • James Eaden President, Chesterfield Trades Union Council
  • Colin Walker Chair of Reps, Unite in CSC
  • Ian Allinson Unite Executive Council and Fujitsu Senior Rep

The term “delegation work” refers to a delegation of members touring workplaces and other union branches to raise support and funds for the dispute. You’ll want to take some copies of our “appeal for support” leaflet and collection sheet. We have already raised thousands of pounds for the campaign fund, with the aim of ensuring that no member is unable to take part in the action for financial reasons. More money is coming in all the time. This week the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has circulated all its branches asking them to contribute.
Whatever you are involved in, please make sure you take some photos so that members elsewhere in the country can see how it’s going. To save clogging up email, we suggest you use the following system to get them online as quickly as possible:

  1. Try to take reasonably high resolution photos – the media don’t like tiny ones.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Picasaweb settings (Settings, Privacy and Permissions) (e.g. Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike).

Don’t forget that the UNITE Q&A on industrial action covers many questions including Dispute Benefit, Hardship Payments, Action Short of Strike and Exemptions. Don’t forget to make sure you sign one of the strike activity registers (see the Q&A) so that your involvement is recorded. This is particularly important if you might want to claim Hardship Payments.

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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 but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer and renewed campaign plans are being made.

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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