Plans for the Strikes

We want to get a fair deal on the six points at the heart of this dispute:
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
We have already made some progress on points 1, 2 and 5, but there is still a way to go.
To achieve a successful resolution to the dispute, we depend not just on staff taking industrial action, but on the active participation of members, which is already impressive and is growing day by day. The activity is to raise support and solidarity to sustain our members through the campaign, and to apply pressure to the company through the “three prongs”:
1. Industrial action
2. External pressure (customers, MPs, media etc)
3. Organising to strengthen union organisation across Fujitsu
Our Combine Committee has decided that the focus of the strike action over the next two days will be putting pressure on Fujitsu via the company’s customers. We will also be continuing to extend picketing to new sites which have not picketed before. Below is the current outline plan.

Day

Region

Activities (more To Be Announced)

Thursday 14th Jan

London, South & East

Picket STE04, 06:45-10:00

Picket and solidarity demonstration, LON99 (The Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF).  Map.  Nearest tube / rail London Victoria 15 mins walk or Westminster tube 10 mins walk.  Members will meet 07:30-07:45 in the park, opposite Horseferry Rd Magistrates Court.  Picket/demonstration will begin at 8.00 am.  Those who cannot lawfully picket at LON99 must take part in the demonstration only.

Manchester Bargaining Unit

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

Strike committee meeting (open to all members) 11:00, UNITE office, Parkgates, Bury New Road, Manchester M25 0JW.  Office is opposite Shell petrol station on Bury New Road, but the entrance is on Sedgley Park Road.  The meeting will discuss developments in the dispute and organise further activities please do your best to attend.

Leafleting customers in Manchester city centre.

Midlands

Picket SOL10, 08:00-09:30

Yorkshire & North-East

Picket WAK01, 07:30-09:15

Northern Ireland

Picket IRE24 (Timber Quay), 07:45

Picket IRE11 (Trident House), 07:00

Delegation to Belfast TUC

North-West

Picket CRE02, 07:30-10:00

Delegation work in Crewe

Picket WAR07/08/13, 05:30-10:30

Leafleting customers in Warrington (details TBC)

Thames Valley & South West

Picket BSN01, 08:15-10:00 and 12:00-14:00

Picket BRA01, 08:00-09:30

Friday 15th Jan

London, South & East

Picket STE04, 06:45-10:00

Picket and solidarity demonstration, LDN18.  ThomsonReuters Docklands Technical Centre (DTC), 1 Paul Julius Close, Blackwall Yard, Blackwall Way, London E14 2EH.  Map.  Members will meet outside the site entrance.  Picket/demonstration will begin at 07.00.  London DLR, East India station.  Down the stair, through the gap in the fence towards the shop, Turn right, then follow road back towards Canary Wharf.  Those who cannot lawfully picket at LDN18 must take part in the demonstration only.

Manchester Bargaining Unit

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

Picket and solidarity demonstration, MAN23.  Fujitsu Services, Unit 4, Michigan Park, Michigan Avenue, Broadway, Salford, M50 2GY.  Time TBC.  Those who cannot lawfully picket at MAN23 must take part in the demonstration only.

Leafleting DWP office, Manchester city centre.  Details TBC.

Midlands

Picket SOL10, 08:00-09:30

Yorkshire & North-East

Picket WAK01, 07:30-09:15

Northern Ireland

Picket IRE11 (Trident House), 07:00

Picket IRE24 (Timber Quay), 07:45

North-West

Picket CRE02, 07:30-10:00

Delegation work in Crewe

Picket WAR07/08/13, 05:30-10:30

Picket and solidarity demonstration, MAN23.  Fujitsu Services, Unit 4, Michigan Park, Michigan Avenue, Broadway, Salford, M50 2GY.  Time TBC.  Those who cannot lawfully picket at MAN23 must take part in the demonstration only.

Thames Valley & South West

Picket BSN01, 08:15-10:00 and 12:00-14:00

Picket BRA01, 08:00-09:30

Where solidarity demonstrations have been organised, members at sites with no picket planned are encouraged to take part.
Whatever you are involved in, please make sure you send in a report and 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. Please speak to your rep if you have any outstanding questions. If you are submitting a Hardship Payment application, please do so as early as possible.
If you have a home email address or mobile number and don’t currently receive occasional messages via these routes, please respond with the details so that reps can keep you updated during the action.
The following is also planned for after the two days of strike action:
· BSN01 UNITE meeting, 17:30-18:30, 19/01/10, restaurant
Your Combine Committee had intended to take the decision on what action to ask UNITE to call yesterday, taking into account the views expressed by members at the various meetings round the country over the last week. In the light of the impact the weather had on attendance at some of the meetings, the Combine Committee decided to delay the decision slightly to allow more time for members to feed in their views.

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Sign the petition – defend the union

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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