Crewe : Notice of Industrial Action at Fujitsu Crewe

While the ballot was going on, UNITE continued its efforts to resolve the dispute without the need for industrial action. The company was informed of the intention to ballot and the timescale for the ballot on Thursday 2nd June. UNITE wrote to the company on 16th June saying that the union would delay issuing the notice of industrial action when the ballot result was announced on 23rd June if it was agreed to remove the threat of redundancy from Alan Jenney.
The company has not taken up UNITE’s offer and therefore UNITE has issued the official notice of action published here published and on Unite the Union CaféVIK community.
The law requires that seven days’ notice be given to the company. No action can be taken during this time.
The official request for action is below. It is also posted here and on the Unite the Union CaféVIK community.


Mr K. O’Gallagher
National Officer
Unite the Union
Dear Colleague
FUJITSU SERVICES LTD, CREWE
REQUEST FOR AUTHORITY TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION

We refer to your faxed request received today.
Following their vote for industrial action, our 64 Unite the Union members, who are employed by the company at the above site defined as those whose ‘contractual base location’ site code is CRE02 as per the attached breakdown, are hereby called upon to take industrial action.
The action will be continuous, commencing on Thursday 30th June 2011 and will consist of the following:

  • Ban on overtime (paid or unpaid) unless paid at least Unsocial Hours Policy (UHP) rates.
  • Work to rule and contract, (for example ban on work phone calls outside contracted hours unless paid on standby, ensure backup before and after applying patches, test and document thoroughly, be diligent about Performance Plus and Personal Development Plan activities and what is written in objectives, carefully read all Company notices and Health & Safety information, read all the information from the Pensions and Redundancy consultation web sites, take regular backups of PC, comply with the “tidy desk” policy).
  • Ban on using own vehicle to travel on company business unless in receipt of an allowance.
  • Policy of non co-operation

In addition our members concerned will take discontinuous strike action consisting of a one day stoppage on Thursday 30th June 2011.
Please find attached a copy of the notice we have faxed to the employers.
Yours fraternally,
LEGAL SERVICES

UNITE continues its efforts to resolve this dispute. On Tuesday 28th June there will be a meeting between Kevin O’Gallagher (UNITE National Officer), Terry Thompson (UNITE Regional Officer) and Manchester Reps to discuss the breakdown of industrial relations. ACAS will be assisting with the discussions. Though this is a Manchester meeting, the fact that the company breached the Annex 1 Manchester agreement in dealing with Alan’s redundancy means his case will be discussed.
UNITE members in Manchester are also meeting tomorrow to discuss a number of pressing matters, including what they will do if the negotiations are not successful.

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included strikes and ongoing action short of strike. Further strikes have been called for 22, 25, 26 May.

This follows the recent 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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