The company proposes to make Alan redundant on Sunday 10th July, so his last working day would be Friday 8th July.
If possible we want to resolve the issue before Alan is dismissed, rather than having to campaign for his reinstatement and take his case to the courts (which do not have the power to ensure reinstatement).
Members in Manchester had decided to ask UNITE to ballot them for industrial action if there wasn’t rapid progress in the talks at ACAS. This wasn’t only about Alan’s case, but about a wider breakdown in industrial relations which threatens us all. Little progress was made on Tuesday, and Alan is still facing impending dismissal.
In a last attempt to avoid having to initiate an industrial action ballot in Manchester too, UNITE has written to the company as follows:
It was good that we were able to make a little progress in a few areas in our meeting with ACAS on Tuesday, but very sad that the company wasn’t willing to take up any of our proposals which would have allowed UNITE to suspend the industrial action in Crewe before it started.
The company proposed, through ACAS, that we meet again on 21st July to continue discussions, this being the first date on which both the company and ACAS said they were both available. We would be keen to continue the discussion in order to establish a basis for more constructive industrial relations. However, the timescale presents a serious problem because the company currently proposes to dismiss Alan Jenney on 10th July, which would make Friday 8th July his last working day.
The UNITE negotiating team are working under a mandate from Manchester members set out in the attached motion which was agreed at the members’ meeting last Friday. We would prefer to be working with you to resolve the issues rather than organising a ballot in Manchester and more campaign activities, but you will appreciate the time pressures we are under.
We have another proposal to create a further opportunity for the issues to be resolved through negotiation. If the company can confirm in writing by noon on Monday 4th July that it will respect the “status quo” principle (as required by our Recognition Agreement) in relation to the issues in our grievance (including not issuing notice of dismissal to Alan Jenney) while talks continue, this would avoid forcing us to register a Failure To Agree and initiate the industrial action ballot Manchester members voted for.
Whether the company takes up this offer or decides to force us to register a Failure To Agree and move to a ballot, UNITE remains ready and willing to negotiate on or before 21st July.
Issues are best resolved through dialogue not conflict, and we hope you will take the opportunity we are offering.
UNITE Regional Officer
UNITE will update members whether we get a positive response from company by Monday (4th July) or if the union is forced to register a Failure To Agree and ballot Manchester members.
UNITE is urging members and supporters everywhere to urgently take a simple step to show your support for Alan and opposition to his dismissal.
Please make a sign saying “Defend Alan Jenney” and send a photo of you or your group holding it to email@example.com, along with a short note we can use as a caption explaining where it’s from (e.g. UNITE members at Splot branch). A collection of these photos can then be published on our web site to show the breadth of support. If possible, please try to avoid sending very large files.
UNITE is also asking members everywhere to hold members’ meetings or protests at lunchtime on Thursday 7th – the day before what could be Alan’s last working day. Members meetings can discuss what’s going on in Fujitsu and what we can do about it. Meetings or protests are also a great opportunity for a group photo (see above). Please speak to you local reps about getting a meeting organised where you are. Please send details of the times and venue for your meeting to unitetheunion so that invitations can be sent out to all the members in your area.
Until the dispute is resolved, it is vital that all members keep their UNITE membership records fully up to date. If you change address or other contact details, change contractual base location, know you will be leaving the company (including retirement, TUPE etc), or expect to be off work for an extended period of time please promptly inform the union by contacting our membership secretary Michael Thomas