On Tuesday UNITE met with the company and ACAS to discuss the breakdown in industrial relations, including the company’s plan to dismiss UNITE rep Alan Jenney. The union offered to suspend the industrial action which was due to start in Crewe if the company would either remove the threat to Alan’s job, or even just follow the agreed Annex 1 redundancy and redeployment process.
While the company has at last acknowledged that their handling of Alan’s case broke Annex 1, the company argues that this is a technicality and makes no difference. On the contrary, as UNITE has pointed out from the start, the failure has meant:
- The measures in section 6.1.1 to avoid redundancy were never taken or discussed
- The steps in section 6.1.2 to seek volunteers for redundancy were never taken
- The company decided selection criteria (which Alan believes were unfair) without consultation
In short, the company has focussed on steps to dismiss Alan and is failing to take the standard steps to avoid the dismissal, which could happen at the end of next week.
As a result of the company’s refusal of UNITE’s olive branch, industrial action started in Crewe yesterday with a one-day strike and ongoing action short of strike.
Well done to everyone who took part in yesterday’s strike and protests. There are a few photos on our web site. A PCS member kindly brought boxes of cakes to the picket line at CRE02. After protesting in Crewe, members raised the profile of the campaign by distributing thousands of leaflets on the public sector march in Manchester. One of our Crewe reps addressed the crowd at the start of the march and got a warm reception.
Congratulations to members in Belfast who held a protest outside IRE02 in support of Crewe. Photos from this will be posted on OurUnion soon.
The fact that members in Crewe were prepared to take industrial action in support of Alan has been vital to raising the profile of the campaign. The media coverage this has generated is an important part of the pressure on the company. Here are a few examples:
- Crewe Chronicle here
- Computer Weekly here
- The Inquirer here
- The Sentinel here
- V3 here
- ZD Net here
- ComputerWorld UKhere
- eWeek Europe here
For updates on the campaign, see www.ourunion.org.uk/news. You can also follow #DefendAlanJ on Twitter (http://twitter.com/DefendAlanJ) or friend “Unite At Fujitsu” on Facebook (http://facebook.com/uniteatfujitsu)