UNITE and PCS Industrial Action

The failure of Fujitsu management to deal fairly with employees is highlighted by the fact that it now faces industrial action in three separate areas.
UNITE action at CRE02 over the victimisation of Alan Jenney started with a strike on 30th June and action short of strike has been ongoing since then.
Yesterday UNITE called action involving Fujitsu employees in scope of the Manchester Recognition Agreement, over the breakdown in industrial relations, breaches of agreements and victimisation of reps. Action short of strike, matching that already being taken in Crewe, begins at 00:01 am on Wednesday 14th September. The first strike day (for 24hrs, starting at 00:01 am) is set for Monday 19th September.
PCS has called action over pay involving Fujitsu employees in the PCS bargaining unit. This will start with action short of strike from Monday 12th September, and a strike on Monday 19th September, the same day as UNITE in Manchester.
As a reminder, the UNITE action short of strike for those employees in scope is:

  1. Ban on overtime (paid or unpaid) unless paid at least Unsocial Hours Policy (UHP) rates.
  2. Work to rule and contract, (for example ban on work phone calls outside contracted hours unless paid on standby, ensure backup before and after applying patches, test and document thoroughly, be diligent about Performance Plus and Personal Development Plan activities and what is written in objectives, carefully read all Company notices and Health & Safety information, read all the information from the Pensions and Redundancy consultation web sites, take regular backups of PC, comply with the “tidy desk” policy)..
  3. Ban on using own vehicle to travel on company business unless in receipt of an allowance..
  4. Policy of non co-operation.

The ideas behind this are:

  • Maximise disruption to the company at minimum cost to members, but this depends on employees discussing with each other and their reps how to make it effective in each area.
  • Make it as difficult as possible for the company to reorganise work affected by industrial action (including by PCS)
  • Highlight the detrimental changes to Out Of Hours arrangements

To help with the action short of strike, UNITE has produced a series of model letters employees can send to their manager. For more details, see section D of the Q&A produced before the action began in Crewe.

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

Strike days announced so far are:

  • Wed 24 – Fri 26 Jan 2018
  • Tue 30 Jan 2018
  • Thu 8 Feb – Wed 14 Feb 2018
  • Thu 22 Feb
  • Sat 24- Wed 28 Feb 2018
  • Fri 16 – Wed 21 Mar
  • Thu 29 Mar – Fri 6 Apr 2018

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

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