Pensions Updates

Late on Tuesday, shortly before UNITE members in England, Scotland and Wales were due to strike again, the company told the Pensions Forum (IPMC and UNITE) that it would extend consultation over the pensions changes until Friday 5th March 2010.
This is a very welcome development, removing one of the two deadlines employees faced this week, and allowing more time to try to find an acceptable outcome.
However, the company has also suggested that (despite this being communicated to plan members) it doesn’t intend the 5% pay rise for ICL DB members that they put forward at the Pensions Forum meeting on 6th January to really be compensation for loss of benefit. The company wants to make the pay rise conditional on members “voluntarily” accepting the change, presumably in the hope that this would make it harder for people to take legal action over their loss. The company sees this as an “incentive”, but employees will no doubt see it more as a stick than a carrot.
Nonetheless, the 5% is still an important step forward, and a starting point for discussions about a more realistic solution.
Minutes of the Pensions Forum meetings can be found on the IPMC community on CafeVIK.

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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.

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