Jobs, Pay and Pensions update

# Strike on Friday 5th February is CANCELLED.
# Strike on Monday 8th February STILL ON.

Following members’ successful lobby of parliament last week, a group of MPs wrote to Roger Gilbert, our Chief Executive, highlighting the issues in dispute and asking for a meeting. UNITE understands that Roger has agreed to meet them. Please keep asking MPs for support, including encouraging the sign our Early Day Motion (EDM 646), which 47 MPs from different parties have already added their names to. You can post reports (good or bad) on how you are getting on with your MP on www.enoughisenoughnow.net.
The company has put the redundancies “on hold” until Friday 5th February, to allow discussions with ACAS to take place. The company says that the number of staff remaining at risk is now down to 42. This strengthens UNITE’s argument that the dismissals are unnecessary, as a company of 11,000 staff could easily absorb such a small number of jobs. For the price of the £1.6m “compensation for loss of office” given to two directors last year, the company could spend £38K each to keep all these people employed while they seek alternative work.
The company is maintaining a public position that it can’t commit any more money for pay and benefits, but is clearly worried about industrial action, staff morale and retention. A sizeable group of staff working on VME (one of the stronger areas in the strike) have been told they will get a 20% retention bonus over two years. This is welcome, but the company needs to make an offer covering us all.
Fundraising continues to go well. This week’s highlight is from Saturday’s national Right To Work conference, where a bucket collection raised a magnificent £945 for our fund. Thanks to all the members who went along and helped raise the profile of our campaign. Hundreds of delegates also took away our campaign leaflets and collection sheets.
Well done to everyone who took part in the strikes on Friday and Monday. Today saw our first picket at LEW02, and we continue to see more members getting actively involved for the first time at various sites. Please keep posting your pictures on the web and sending in the links. There are quite a few new ones online from Friday at www.ourunion.org.uk/news.
Our elected Combine Committee attended a meeting with ACAS in London today, who presented a proposal (covering jobs, pay and pensions) which had been approved by the company. Committee members, along with our UNITE full-time officers, discussed the proposal and suggested a number of changes which ACAS is taking back to the company on our behalf. Reps hope to be able to provide a more detailed update to members in the next few days.

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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.

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