Yesterday’s strike

Congratulations to everyone who took part in yesterday’s strike action. It was clear that large numbers of staff stayed away from Central Park, Crewe and Salford, with some teams being totally or almost completely on strike.
A particular thank-you to those who had not voted for the strike but appreciated the benefit of uniting behind the democratic result of the ballot to achieve a successful outcome and took strike action anyway.
Photos from the Manchester Campus (complete with “Fujitsu promises” in the shape of porkie pies) are available online.
Media coverage is an important part of our strategy to put pressure on the company to resolve the dispute. The strike achieved extensive coverage including many national and local radio stations, BBC TV, and many reports in printed and online publications.
UNITE and the Company had continued efforts to allow yesterday’s strike to be called off until late on Friday evening and into Saturday. The progress being made was encouraging, but there were still very significant gaps, for example on pensions, out of hours payments and Alan Jenney. Further talks are being arranged and UNITE will continue to keep you updated.
[The original email notice included details of how to claim Dispute Benefit]
If you would have been unable to take part in the strike action without additional financial support, please submit your application for a Hardship Payment as soon as possible. The money for these payments is raised by the campaigning activities of members, so these payments are only available to members who played an active part on the day (e.g. picketing). Please don’t claim a Hardship Payment unless you need to – it’s better for all of us if the money goes to those in greatest need so that as many people can participate as possible and the campaign can succeed.

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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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