Alan Jenney Dispute Update

Yesterday Fujitsu dismissed Alan Jenney, deputy chair of our Fujitsu UK Combine Committee, which coordinates UNITE’s work nationally. The company breached his contract by making him redundant without letting him work his notice, which would have helped him secure redeployment. They didn’t even finish hearing his appeals and grievances before dismissing him. The company refused to allow either of the volunteers who came forward to take his place. The company dismissed Alan without even having responded to all his outstanding internal job applications. Fujitsu broke both the Manchester Annex 1 agreement and the Security of Employment Agreement (SEA) in dealing with this redundancy.
If Fujitsu gets away with this, do you think their union-busting will stop there? Is Fujitsu trying to break the union because it plans to treat staff fairly?
Members at Fujitsu Crewe continue to take industrial action short of strike. Ballot papers are being sent to members in scope of the Manchester Recognition Agreement on Friday (over a much wider set of issues, but including Alan’s victimisation).
Thanks to everyone who has already sent in “Defend Alan Jenney” photos – you can see the first batches here and here. Please and send a photo of yourself or a group with the “Defend Alan Jenney” poster to support@ourunion.org.uk.
The support for the campaign has been magnificent. One of our most recent donations was £120 collected at a meeting of PCS reps in Fujitsu. You can help by using the “appeal for support” leaflet and collection sheet with your friends, family etc. These are updated periodically and available from www.ourunion.org.uk.

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'Fujitsu Whistleblower' hotline. Concerned about unethical or illegal practices? Contact the hotline on 0800 852 7479 or fujitsu.whistleblowers@unitetheunion.org. It is run by Unite the Union and your identity will be kept strictly confidential. Don't let Fujitsu silence whistleblowers.

Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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