Fujitsu Reps Update

The 4th August newsletter (You can find it here internally and here externally) appealed for volunteers to come forward for new reps and contacts. Several members have already come forward, the list of reps and contacts on CafeVIK is already showing some of the additions, and the list on OurUnion will be updated shortly.
The unionís reps and contacts are the backbone of the organisation, keeping staff informed, providing assistance and campaigning. Whatever youíre willing to contribute, please think seriously about volunteering. New reps/contacts would be particularly welcome from under-represented areas such as Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, Solihull, Bracknell and Slough, but your efforts can make a difference even if youíre in Manchester!
Being a UNITE rep or contact can be very rewarding, making a positive difference to membersí lives and to the company. Itís more satisfying to do something to change things for the better than just to moan about it.
As well as increasing the number and coverage of our reps and contacts, UNITE is working to provide them with relevant training as well. This has made real progress in recent months.
Dozens of reps and contacts from across Fujitsu in the UK have taken part in UNITE training/planning sessions alongside colleagues from other major Computer Services companies. More are taking part over the next couple of months.
UNITE is encouraging more reps to undertake the Workplace Reps Introductory Certificate which is central to the unionís extensive education programme, much of which is delivered all round the UK and Ireland.
The recent progress in securing paid release for reps in parts of Fujitsu not yet covered by union recognition should make the training accessible for more reps and contacts, rather than them having to give up weekends and holidays.

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Sign the petition – defend the union

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.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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