Defend Alan Jenney

The company currently intends to dismiss Alan as redundant at the end of this week. The company has not responded positively to Alan’s request for confirmation that they will deal with his appeals and grievances before deciding to dismiss him.
Alan has had no response at all to his request that if Fujitsu does decide to dismiss him, he is allowed to work his notice (rather than breaching his contract and giving Pay In Lieu Of Notice or PILON). Working his notice would give him more time to secure redeployment – a measure taken in a number of other redundancy situations, including Project Cherry, with some success.
As part of his appeals, Alan has raised the issue of whether he is a victim of age discrimination, as well as discrimination as a result of his trade union activities. The individual who had volunteered for redundancy to take Alan’s place is considerably older than Alan. The company’s refusal to allow the swap fits a perceived pattern where some older employees are moved into unsuitable jobs and encouraged to quit, whereas younger employees like Alan seem to get made redundant. Sometimes both groups feel they are losing out, albeit in different ways.
How You Can Help
Let’s all do everything we can to put pressure on the company and make sure this isn’t Alan’s last week in Fujitsu.

Please print off a “Defend Alan Jenney” poster and get someone to take a photo of you (or a group) with it and send it to support@ourunion.org.uk along with a short note saying who you are and where the photo was taken. We aim to post a collection of these mini-protests on www.ourunion.org.uk/news. Who else can you get to do this?
There are already organised events at several sites on Thursday 7th July:

  • 12:30pm rally and photo outside MAN34 (Fujitsu, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP)
  • 12:30 members’ meeting and photo, Churchill conference room, BSN01, Basingstoke.
  • 12:30 members’ meeting and photo, Room 106, STE04, Stevenage
  • 12:30pm rally and photo outside IRE02 (Fujitsu, 110/112 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NU)

Please come along if you can. Look out for updates about activities at other sites.
Find A Volunteer
The Company has still not taken any steps to find a volunteer for redundancy, to prevent Alan’s compulsory redundancy.
Alan has produced the following appeal which he is asking people to circulate:

I am currently at risk of redundancy and my last working day is currently Friday, 8th July. One option available, described in the Security of Employment Agreement is for a “pairing” or “bumping” – where I can take the role of someone who would volunteer to take redundancy in my place. For this to happen, the volunteer would need to approach Unite putting their name forward.

Most recently I have been managing major incidents escalated to corporate alert level within Fujitsu. My earlier career has been as a professional engineer experienced in the design, development, building and integration of systems over a wide range of platforms. I make use of this technical background and my interpersonal skills to work with the people involved when supporting existing services, to get a complete analysis of complex systems and determine the root cause of problems. I am interested in roles that could lead to Service Delivery Management, which I have been researching, at the TSM/1 and MAN/1 or similar level and have been studying ITIL V3. As I live in Crewe, the job would need to be able to be based in the North-West or nearby regions.

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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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