• Meeting with ACAS arranged
  • Compulsory Redundancies on hold

Your elected Combine Committee, which coordinates UNITE’s work across the UK, has been invited to a meeting with ACAS on Monday 1st February to hear proposals from ACAS to resolve our dispute over Jobs, Pay and Pensions. ACAS are putting the same proposals to Fujitsu.
At this stage your representatives do not know what the proposals are, or whether they are likely to be acceptable to members. However, this is clearly a very welcome development.
Fujitsu has confirmed that the Compulsory Redundancies which were due to take effect this week will be put on hold – at least until the meeting has taken place.
Please ensure the maximum possible participation in the planned campaign activity over the next few days, to give negotiations the best possible chance of achieving further progress and bringing the dispute to a conclusion.
The campaign has already achieved a considerable amount:

  • An extra year in the ICL DB pension plan and the offer of a 5% pay rise to members as recompense
  • Extensions to pensions consultation, now until 5th March 2010
  • Saving many jobs

The campaign has already saved many jobs and members are giving it their best shot to save the rest. Whether or not we succeed in preventing all the dismissals, the pay and pensions issues affecting the vast majority of members would still remain to be resolved. It is worth remembering that the original consultative ballot on industrial action took place before the redundancies were even announced.
There is still time for the company to do the right thing, stop the dismissals and engage in constructive talks to resolve the dispute. If the company doesn’t take this opportunity, any settlement on pay and pensions would still leave Fujitsu’s reputation tarnished by unnecessary compulsory redundancies.

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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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