Industrial action and campaign plans

UNITE has called industrial action involving Fujitsu employees:

  • Contractually based at CRE02, and
  • In scope of the Manchester Recognition Agreement

Full details of the notices of action are available via www.ourunion.org.uk/news/.
Action short of strike is already ongoing. For more details, including some useful model letters, see UNITE’s latest Q&A on industrial action.
UNITE has also called a 24 hour strike (in the areas involved) from 00:01 hours on Monday 19th September.
To achieve a successful resolution to the disputes as quickly as possible and with the minimum of industrial action, we need the maximum possible participation from members and non-members. So far, the following activities have been organised for Monday 19th September:

  • Picketing:
    • MAN33/34/35: 06:30 – 10:00 Fujitsu, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP
    • CRE02: 08:00 – 09:30 Fujitsu, Infinity House, Mallard Way, Off Electra Way, Crewe Business Park, Crewe, CW1 6ZQ
    • MAN23: 07:00 – 08:30 Fujitsu, Unit 4, Michigan Park, Michigan Avenue, Broadway, Salford, M50 2GY
    • Public Rally: 08:00, Fujitsu, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP
  • Phoning / letter writing for the campaign: 11:00, UNITE, Parkgates, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 0JW (entrance on Sedgley Park Road).

Dispute Benefit is available to striking UNITE members. Additional Hardship Payments (funded from money members raise through the campaign) are only available to those who play an active part, so you must ensure you are recorded on an activity register.
Millions of members of UNITE and other unions are preparing for industrial action over public sector cuts and pensions on 30th November, while many are getting organised for the TUC’s “March For The Alternative” at the Tory party conference in Manchester on 2nd October. There is a “Unite the Resistance” public meeting to mobilise for both these events:

7pm, Thursday 22nd September
Mechanics Institute, Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD (entrance on Major Street)

We have managed to secure a speaker about our disputes at this meeting (which will be a significant gathering of local trade unionists), and are asking members to make every effort to attend so that we can have a visible presence and distribute leaflets to raise support for our own campaign while showing solidarity with others.
UNITE has been coordinating our campaign with PCS and is pleased to report that Fujitsu has made a significantly improved pay offer which seems likely to settle their dispute. This shows yet again that campaigning works and that Fujitsu can be shifted. We need to keep up the pressure to ensure a satisfactory resolution to our own disputes.
The more people who join the union, the more influence staff will have on how they are treated. Who can you ask to join?
PCS has sent the following message of support:

UNITE FUJITSU STRIKE ACTION

I am writing on behalf of the PCS Group Executive Committee (GEC) to offer our wholehearted support in your campaigns in Fujitsu. This includes the dispute involving UNITE members in Crewe to defend Alan Jenney against victimisation and the dispute involving UNITE members in Manchester over the breakdown in industrial relations, breaches of agreements and victimisation of reps.

We wish you every success in your strike on the 19 September. PCS have secured major improvements in our pay offer which have meant that we are suspending action while we ballot members on the new offer. We will be making a collection towards your hardship fund and hope to show our support with some of our reps visiting your picket lines on Monday.

Good luck with your campaign, we certainly intend to work more closely with you in the future. We are in no doubt that the threat of co-ordinated action has brought improvements to our offer. We look forward to a more co-ordinated trade union approach in the future which can only benefit the interests of both our members.

Yours in solidarity

Ceri Reeves

PCS, Fujitsu Group President

Staff not directly involved in the current industrial action can help the campaign by building the union in their own area, using the appeal for support leaflet and collection sheet available from www.ourunion.org.uk or making a donation to the strike fund.

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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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