Crewe Members’ Meeting

Location – CR 0-2, CRE02
Date – Monday, 26th September 2011
Time – 12.30pm – 1.30pm, prompt start

At the members meeting on 8th September we unanimously agreed to support the motion for action which includes strike action and continuing action short of strike.
We now need to make important decisions regarding future actions. Below are the options being suggested by your reps which will be discussed on Monday.

Background:
The ballot, notices of action etc allow UNITE to call industrial action and confer legal immunity on both the union and individual employees for breaching contracts of employment and inciting others to breach their contracts. This is the main legal protection for industrial action in UK law. A few years ago an additional protection for employees taking industrial action was introduced, which meant that if you are dismissed for taking part in industrial action which is called officially and is otherwise lawful, the dismissal will be automatically unfair if it takes place fewer than twelve weeks after you started taking part in the action. Industrial action began in Crewe on 30th June 2011, so the 12 week period has now expired. Depending on the circumstances, a dismissal for taking part in industrial action may be unfair beyond the twelve week period. Many employees of other organisations take action beyond the 12-week period despite the slightly reduced protection.
Options:
Crewe members are being asked to decide between three options for the campaign in pursuit of an acceptable resolution:

  1. Cease taking industrial action, but take part in other campaign activities
  2. Continue taking industrial action about Alan Jenney’s case under the original ballot
  3. Cease taking industrial action and ask UNITE to quickly initiate a new ballot of Crewe members over Alan Jenney’s case and the breaches of agreements (e.g. on pensions). Campaign for a YES+YES vote in the new ballot and aim to start a new phase of industrial action
In the event that members choose option 2, debate the following motion:
We support a strategy for resolving the dispute based on:

  1. Continuing to work for a negotiated settlement
  2. Using “leverage” pressure on the company, for example through the media, suppliers, partners, customers, potential customers, MPs and the public
  3. Seeking to coordinate action inside and outside Fujitsu
  4. Spreading the campaign within Fujitsu
  5. Sustaining our campaign by building support within the wider movement
  6. Industrial action, particularly where this supports the other elements of our strategy

We resolve to:

  1. Explain the issues to colleagues.
  2. Encourage colleagues to join the union and get involved.
  3. Take part in campaign activities to support the strategy above.

We instruct our reps to coordinate with reps in Manchester and to make a plan for up to four more days of strike action to be called by UNITE if the dispute is not resolved.

Please do your best to attend the meeting.
For suggestions on further items for discussion or motions to be added, please contact any of the other reps by 11am, Monday, 26th September 2011.

Location – CR 0-2, CRE02
Date – Monday, 26th September 2011
Time – 12.30pm – 1.30pm, prompt start
CR 0-2 is a conference room on the ground floor at CRE02, behind reception.
Please encourage all members you know to attend. This is a members’ meeting.

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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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