Campaign Plans

Earlier this week the company demanded that UNITE withdraw the notice of action on the grounds of a legal technicality. This attempt to thwart membersí democratic decisions has failed, and the notice of action stands.
Informal contact between UNITE and Fujitsu continues, and the union is working hard to bring the company back to negotiations. Peter Skyte, our National Officer, has proposed an agenda for a meeting and suggested the involvement of ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), who have been in touch with both parties for some time.
To secure an offer from the company on Jobs, Pay and Pensions that is acceptable to members, the strategy is not to rely on industrial action alone, but to combine that with other forms of pressure, such as via customers, media (our campaign has had massive coverage), MPs and building union organisation. This pressure is building up and will continue to do so if that is what is required to achieve a reasonable settlement.
The next two strike days will focus on applying pressure via MPs. Given that the UK government is Fujitsuís biggest customer, this is a powerful lever to try to make the company behave more reasonably.
Members can help by visiting their MP in their constituency (ideally tomorrow) and by going to Westminster next Wednesday. Tony Lloyd MP has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM 646) about the situation at Fujitsu, and we want as many MPs as possible to sign it. Your help is required.
UNITE has produced a briefing document which you can also give to our MP.
At this stage, the following can be announced:

Friday

22nd Jan

Strike

Please visit your MP at a surgery in their constituency on or around this date. You will have received an email on Monday afternoon with details of who your MP is and how to contact them.

Please give your MP a copy of the UNITE briefing document attached, ask them to sign Early Day Motion 646 and to write to Roger Gilbert with the suggested questions.

You can coordinate with other members in the same constituency and report information and the response you get using the web forum a member has kindly set up on www.enoughisenoughnow.net.

Why not ask your friends and family to lobby their MPs too?

Of course, we also need to keep up the normal strike activities where we can do both:

BRA01: Picket 08:00-09:30

BSN01: Picket 8:00-10:00 and 12:00-14:00.

CRE02: Picket 7:30-10:00. Edward Timpson MP visiting the picket line.

IRE02: Picket and solidarity protest from 07:45. Those who cannot lawfully picket at LDN03 must take part in the demonstration only.

IRE16: Picket and solidarity protest from 07:45. Those who cannot lawfully picket at LDN03 must take part in the demonstration only.

LDN03: Picket and solidarity protest, 7:30. Price Waterhouse Coopers, 161 Marsh Wall, Canary Wharf, London, E14 9SJ. Map. Those who cannot lawfully picket at LDN03 must take part in the demonstration only.

MAN33/34/35: Picket 06:30-10:00. Breakfast and informal meeting, Cafť, One Central Park, 10:30.

SOL10: Picket 8:00-9:30, then breakfast at Wetherspoons.

STE04: Picket 06:45-10:00, then meet at Sainsbury Coreys Mill at 10:30.

WAK01: Picket 7:30-9:15.

WAR07/08/13: Picket 5:30-10:30.

Tuesday

26th Jan

Strike (Northern Ireland only)

Activities to be announced

Wednesday

27th Jan

Strike (Scotland, England and Wales only)

UNITE is organising for one or two members from each parliamentary constituency to visit Westminster. Please say now if you are willing to go, as we need to organise to get you there by 10:30 and provide a list of names in advance to ensure access. Members attending should write in advance to their MP at House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA and ask to meet their MP on the day.

As well as photo opportunities for the media, we have a meeting organised with members of the UNITE parliamentary group. Members can also arrange individual meetings with other MPs.

There will also be normal strike activities at many locations.

Friday

29th Jan

Strike

This is the last working day before the company proposes to end pensions consultation and impose Compulsory Redundancy on people who want to stay.

Activities to be announced.

Saturday

30th Jan

Conference of Resistance and Solidarity

Organised by www.righttowork.org.uk, this national conference is taking place in Manchester and our campaign will have a speaker in the opening plenary session and the pensions workshop.

We already have a significant number of members signed up to go. If youre not signed up but are able to attend, please get in touch as soon as possible so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

Monday

1st Feb

Strike

Activities to be announced.

Friday

5th Feb

Strike

Activities to be announced.

Saturday

6th Feb

Activities to be announced.

Monday

8th Feb

Strike

Campaign and solidarity rallies and public meetings around the country.

A new leaflet to hand out on picket lines is available here.
Donít forget that the UNITE Q&A on industrial action covers many common questions.

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included strikes and ongoing action short of strike. Further strikes have been called for 22, 25, 26 May.

This follows the recent 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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