Campaign Boosts

People across the country know that the issues we are campaigning over – Jobs, Pay and Pensions – are likely to affect them in the near future if they are not affected already. People know that if a profitable company like Fujitsu can get away with cutting jobs and our packages to boost profits, others are more likely to follow suit. That’s one of the reasons why the support our campaign has been receiving is so impressive. Take a look at the messages of support you have received. More are coming in every day.
The messages are often followed up with money. This ranges from union bodies making donations, people taking collections at workplaces and meetings, through to individuals sending what they can afford.
It is thanks to this support that UNITE is able to provide substantial Hardship Payments to members that need them, on top of the standard £30 per day Dispute Benefit that every member gets from UNITE centrally. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the restraint of members in not asking for Hardship Payments unless they really needed them, the Combine Committee was able to make up 90% of lost pay for the first round of Hardship Payments, and cheques have been sent out already.
If the action has to continue, more of us will need to apply for Hardship Payments. That’s why the work that members are doing in fundraising, including sending out delegations on strike days, is so important. This work got a huge boost this week when the UNITE Executive Council (EC) decided to write to every branch (and there are thousands!) asking them to support our campaign, including giving financial support. Our goal is to continue the current position where no member is unable to support the action for financial reasons.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

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

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