Your survey responses have led your reps to increase the priority UNITE allocates to making Fujitsu’s pay and benefits system fair and transparent. Fortunately we have some good past successes to build on:
- Since 2005 using legal claims to the Central Arbitration Committee and Information Commissioner to force Fujitsu to disclose pay and benefits comparator information
- Providing annual briefings of (otherwise confidential) company pay and benefits guidelines to UNITE members
- Publishing a story about Bodgit & Scarper PLC exposing how individual performance related pay means pay rates actually increase by far less than the pay “pot”
- Securing larger and fairer pay deals where we already have union recognition
- Reaching a national agreement with the company to settle our dispute last year which:
- introduced a minimum rate of pay for Fujitsu staff for the first time, with regular reviews
- committed the company to publish a definition of promotion
- committed the company to work with UNITE to develop a more open and transparent pay system, and in developing its approach to pay and benefits
UNITE is delighted to report the latest step forward. Most individuals now have access to their own pay comparators online:
- Go to HRaccess and log on
- Through the tree menu on the left, select “Employee Self Service”, “Personal Details”, “Pay and Benefits”
The Internal Pay Comparator figures given are likely to differ from those in the last UNITE briefing document, as these median figures are calculated twice a year. The figures for TSS1, TSS2 and TSM1 roles should be treated with caution. A significant group of employees in Service Desks are managed on different pay guidelines (D1-D4 or Rise+), and the FAQ does not make clear whether the salaries of these individuals have been excluded from the calculation. UNITE is seeking clarification on this.
Unlike the UNITE briefing, the online system only gives you your own median, not that for other roles which you might want to move to, and doesn’t include benefit information, but it is nonetheless an important step forwards.
Many of you will have seen the news reports following the research from Incomes Data Services (IDS) suggesting that pay rises this year for most workers are once again likely to trail behind the cost of living, meaning our standard of living continuing to be eroded. To add insult to injury, IDS also found that for the year to October, the total earnings of FTSE100 directors rose by 55%. And they say “we’re all in it together”!
A good example of the way many companies are trying to take advantage of economic gloom to boost profits at the expense of their staff is the situation faced by over 1000 UNITE members at Heinz in Wigan. Heinz managed to pay a 9% dividend to shareholders, yet asked its staff to accept a pay rise below inflation. The members have taken three days of strike action, which has resulted in an improved offer from the company, but it is far from certain this will be accepted as it would still mean a pay cut in real terms. If you want to support our colleagues at Heinz you can download a collection sheet online, which includes details of how you can donate to their strike fund online.