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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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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