Notice of industrial action at Fujitsu Manchester

Yesterday UNITE reported the failure of Tuesday’s talks with Fujitsu to resolve the dispute, despite both the assistance of ACAS and UNITE’s direct approach to Fujitsu UK & Ireland CEO Duncan Tait.
UNITE has now issued the call for industrial action below. This affects all employees of Fujitsu Services Limited who are in scope of the Manchester Recognition Agreement.
A copy of the full notice sent to Fujitsu has been posted on union noticeboards and is available here.

Fujitsu Services Limited
Request for Authority to take Industrial Action

We refer to request received today.
Following their vote for industrial action, our 307 members, are hereby called upon to take industrial action as set out in attached Notice of Action which has been faxed and posted to the employer today.
Yours fraternally

By Post and by Fax
7 September 2011

TO: Fujitsu Services Ltd
This notice is for the purposes of Section 234A Trade Union and labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
Unite The Union is asking those 307 members who are employed by the company as per the attached breakdown to take industrial action.
Please note that the above description has been prepared from central membership records which have been checked at local level and updated, as appropriate, for this ballot.
The action will be continuous industrial action commencing at 00:01 hours on Wednesday, 14th September, 2011 consisting of the following:
Ban on Overtime (paid or unpaid) unless paid at Unsocial Hours Policy (UHP) rates
Work to Rule and to Contract including, but not restricted to, ban on work telephone calls outside of contracted hours, unless paid on stand by.
Ensure back up before and after applying patches, test and document thoroughly, be diligent about Performance Plus and Personal Development Plan activities and what is in written objectives, carefully read all company notices and health and safety information, read all the information from the pension and redundancy consultation websites, take regular back-ups of PC and comply with the Tidy Desk Policy.
Ban on using own vehicle to travel on company business unless in receipt of an allowance.
Policy of non cooperation.
In addition, our members concerned will take part in discontinuous strike action, in the form of a 24 hour stoppage, commencing at 00:01 hours on Monday, 19th September, 2011.
I will advise you of any further action, giving the relevant notice, as appropriate.

The law requires that seven days’ notice be given to the company. No action can be taken during this time.
UNITE is holding a lunchtime “Dispute Committee” meeting open to all members:
12:30-13:30, Thursday 15th September
Conference room 33GCR2 (MAN33)
This is an opportunity to discuss the issues in dispute, the action short of strike and any concerns about the campaign, as well as to get organised in advance of the strike on Monday 19th September. Please do your best to attend.
Please ensure you promptly inform our membership secretary, Michael Thomas, of any change to your membership details (e.g. home address, contractual base location, contact details).

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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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