Time for Your Reps to Help You

The UNITE newsletter on 4th August (You can find it here internally and here externally) reported on the company initiatives to curtail your reps’ ability to have the time to work on your behalf, which has included putting pressure on individual reps in Manchester who are busy dealing with the issues the company creates (such as pensions, above).
UNITE had submitted a collective grievance in Manchester (there is no facility to do this nationally), highlighting the way the company’s actions break the agreements that are in place, and how the company’s failure to carry out agreed actions that could have reduced the workload on reps.
Following the stage 1 grievance hearing, it was agreed to suspend the grievance while previously agreed actions are carried out, which include fixing the SST system which currently penalises reps and their managers, and negotiating a proper facilities agreement. It is not yet clear whether the company is finally prepared to deal with these issues sensibly.
As the previous newsletter explained, part of our response to the threat to reps time in Manchester must be to strengthen organisation and representation across the country, to reduce our dependence on them. The “Reps Update” article below summarises progress so far.
Some progress being made between UNITE and the company at national level, where it is intended to incorporate the recent confirmation that the company will consider (on a case-by-case basis) paid release for UNITE reps in un-recognised areas to undertake union training into our existing National Protocol Agreement (Can be found here internally and here externally), which covers facilities for reps and members in areas without union recognition.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

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

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