Pay Review

A very large proportion of employees not covered by collective bargaining received no pay rise at all, even if they Achieved their objectives or were paid less than the norm for their role. Few of those who did receive a pay rise would have matched the rate of inflation, currently running at 4.8% (RPI in the year to July 2010). After last year’s pay freeze, many felt a sense of relief once the money was actually in the bank earlier this week.
You may remember that one of the few areas of progress on pay in the national agreement UNITE reached at ACAS in February was in relation to minimum rates of pay for Fujitsu staff. Everyone who was being paid less than £12,000 a year got a rise to bring them up to that level from 1st March. The company recognised UNITE’s aspiration to increase that to £13,500, but was unwilling to make a firm commitment at that time.
The company has now confirmed to UNITE that the vast majority of those who were being paid less than £13,500 (full-time equivalent) have been brought up to that level, and reps know of individuals who received substantial rises as a result. There remain 25 employees paid less – if you are one of them, please get in touch as we expect this to be discussed at the next national meeting with Fujitsu at ACAS.

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK have been taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

The national dispute follows the resolution of a local dispute in Manchester which included 12 strike days.

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

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