Fujitsu strike (Manchester pictures)

UNITE members working for Fujitsu in Manchester, Crewe and Salford struck today. For background to the disputes, see the “Appeal For Support” leaflet on
A major factor in the dispute has been Fujitsu’s breaches of various agreements, and UNITE had decided to symbolise the problem by handing out “Fujitsu promises” in the shape of pork pies. They were given out freely, but didn’t keep well.
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As well as picketing, the strikers held a rally outside the main Manchester site:
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Kevin O’Gallagher, UNITE National Officer for IT & Communications
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Karen Reissman, UNISON NEC member and local nurse who was victimised for her union activity but is now back working in the NHS.
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John Burd, PCS rep from Fujitsu Telford
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Jimmy Thornton, secretary of UNITE Manchester City Council branch
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Isabel Hay, UNITE rep at Fujitsu Warrington
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Pete Grubb, PCS North-West Regional Council member
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Ian Allinson, UNITE senior rep at Fujitsu Manchester
Even without the porkie pies (which UNITE members found hard to swallow), the picket line was well catered for:
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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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