Pay Update

The Daily Mirror recently ran a story about the story about the large increase for our Chief Executive, while we were having a pay freeze.
UNITE has made available a spreadsheet showing advertised pay rates for IT roles, actual pay for IT roles along with information from the official government Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published research which backs up UNITE’s view that Fujitsu’s current minimum salary of £12,000 is far too low. The report, which received coverage on the BBC, suggests that the minimum a single person needs for an acceptable standard of living is £14,400. Of course, many people, depending on their circumstances, would find they couldn’t get by on that either.
Many people in work wrongly assume they are not entitled to state benefits or tax credits, and huge sums go unclaimed. Significant numbers of Fujitsu staff receive tax credits. If you are struggling financially, it’s well worth checking what you are entitled to. This isn’t charity – it’s what we pay our taxes for. As a UNITE member in Fujitsu, don’t forget that you have use of the Labour Research Department’s online database [The email newsletter included the username and password for members to access this]
The LRD database includes lots of information about employment issues as well as about state benefits and tax credits.
For example, you can find all the (pre-budget) state benefit and tax credit information once you’ve logged on by selecting “LRD Booklets” from the left menu and then “State benefits and tax credits 2010” from the drop down list and clicking “Pick”.
Pay planning is now well under way and staff will soon find out what their managers have decided to give them.

In Manchester, where the company negotiates with UNITE over pay, Manchester Pay and Benefits Agreement. This is a flavour of what UNITE achieved in Manchester:

  1. Increases to bring people up to their Lower Pay Comparator and promotional increases are in addition to the budget.
  2. A “cost of living” increase of 1% or £225 (whichever is the greater) for everyone – no zeroes.
  3. Approximately 1% to be allocated on the basis of matrices that guarantee larger increases for higher performers and the lower paid.
  4. 0.25% to be allocated at managers’ discretion, in accordance with guidelines.
  5. The company will review the salaries of anyone who would still be paid less than £13,500.
  6. uch of the Manchester Pay & Benefits Agreement is contractually enforceable. However, the elements relating to the 2010 pay review would not become contractual until the pay review is implemented.
  7. There are many improvements to aspects of the agreement which aren’t specifically about the pay review, including:
    • Planning to resolve the issues which have prevented service desk staff moving from the D1-D4 system to Rise+.
    • Improved appraisal process.
    • Improved process to review pay and benefits on a promotion or change of role.
    • Consolidation of most disturbance allowances into basic pay in future.
    • Incorporating the contractual status of the company’s Defined Contribution pension schemes.
    • Agreeing how to start identifying and addressing any benefit anomalies.
    • A commitment to publish details of all the criteria (e.g. assessment centres) for moving into different roles within a year.
    • Creating a joint implementation and monitoring team to ensure full implementation of the agreement and a smoother process for negotiations in future years.

The agreement shows the value of union recognition and collective bargaining. If UNITE can achieve this with current levels of membership and without union recognition in most of the company, think what we can achieve if we continue to build the organisation across the UK.
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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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