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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Sign the petition – defend the union

Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are fighting over job security, for union recognition, against victimisation of reps, and over pay and pensions. Members nationally took industrial from 28 February including 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike, after 12 days of local strikes in Manchester.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer.

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

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