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 www.ourunion.org.uk.
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
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Even without the porkie pies (which UNITE members found hard to swallow), the picket line was well catered for:
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'Fujitsu Whistleblower' hotline. Concerned about unethical or illegal practices? Contact the hotline on 0800 852 7479 or fujitsu.whistleblowers@unitetheunion.org. It is run by Unite the Union and your identity will be kept strictly confidential. Don't let Fujitsu silence whistleblowers.

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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