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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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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