Action Reports

Members from Bracknell, Basingstoke, London, Stevenage, the Midlands, Wakefield, Crewe and Manchester travelled to London yesterday to take part in a lobby of parliament. After photos with a few of the MPs outside parliament, members took part in a meeting with members of the UNITE parliamentary group, which includes well over 100 MPs, as well as meeting with MPs individually.
The MPs were very supportive, and very concerned that the company was planning to go ahead with Compulsory Redundancies this week, without even engaging in formal talks. They expressed surprise at a company the size of Fujitsu risking an ongoing dispute and damage to its reputation over such a small number of jobs. Though the dispute is over Jobs, Pay and Pensions, the greatest urgency is about jobs. Members made clear to the MPs the importance of putting the maximum pressure on Fujitsu this week, so that we have the best possible chance of extending the jobs deadline again. The MPs agreed to take a number of steps to help bring the dispute to a conclusion.
Please keep up your work in contacting your MP – persistence pays. If they haven’t already signed our Early Day Motion (EDM 646), please ask them to do so – as you can see, signatures are building up fast. Please keep posting your updates on
After the activities at Westminster, members went for a meal and an impromptu meeting, discussing the impact that the strike is having on work, the leverage we can apply and our future plans.
Meanwhile pickets went ahead in Crewe and Manchester, with numbers boosted by a quite a few members taking part for the first time. After the picket, members in Crewe leafleted the public in the town centre. More members in a key London site joined in the strike action. Members in Warrington took part in a members’ meeting. In the evening, Belfast & District TUC held a successful meeting to raise financial and practical support for our campaign.
Cheques for the first batch of Dispute Benefit have now been sent out from head office to members’ home addresses and have started being received. If there are any days you struck but haven’t yet claimed for, please claim as soon as possible. To claim your Dispute Benefit, you must send an email claim in for each strike day – details of how to do this are given in our email newsletters.
Fundraising continues to go well. A highlight this week was the decision by UNITE’s East Midlands Regional Committee to donate £2000. This week a second batch of Hardship Payments are being posted out to members. Once again, your Combine Committee has been able to make up 90% of wages for those who need it. It is a real achievement of members’ fundraising activities and the restraint of strikers in not asking for Hardship Payments unless they really need them which has allowed UNITE to sustain a situation where no member has been unable to take part in the action because of financial pressure.

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

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

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