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 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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