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:
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.
Can you get more involved?
Who could you ask to join?