Your UNITE reps and officers have been working hard to resolve the situation around Alan Jenney’s potential redundancy. Alan’s treatment is inconsistent with the redeployment support offered to hundreds of employees without the need to start a redundancy process. Jobs come and go like this in Fujitsu all the time, yet the company decided it immediately needed to initiate a redundancy situation to cut just one job in Alan’s team.
It has been highlighted to the company on several occasions that they are failing to honour agreements such as Manchester’s Annex 1 Agreement and their own best practices and processes on redundancy.
There are very simple ways to resolve this dispute. UNITE reps and officers have given the company many opportunities to respond positively, through informal and formal channels, but Fujitsu has so far chosen not to resolve the situation.
The company even tried to stop the collection of signatures for the petition at CRE02, including issuing a notice sent to all CRE02 residents referring to “harassment from Unite”. It was explained to the company’s representative that, through the agreed National Protocol, UNITE had informed the company in advance that flyers would be distributed and signatures collected at various locations around the country. Members continued to collect signatures that morning and lunchtime. It is possible that during the dispute we could see more misleading company communications, as we did during the national dispute over the winter of 2009/2010. If in doubt, ask one of your reps.
Industrial action is the last resort but unfortunately, time is running out for Alan. In order to go through the legal process to hold a ballot and (if necessary) issue the notice of action before Alan could be dismissed, members in Crewe recently agreed unanimously at a members’ meeting to ask Unite to begin the ballot process.
The ballot papers are due to be sent on 9th June to Unite members contractually based at CRE02. Keep your eyes out for notices in the next few days with further information about the timing, the ballot questions and Unite’s recommendations.

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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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