Fujitsu Manchester Notice of Industrial Action

Following the failure of talks to produce a resolution to the disputes, UNITE has issued a further call for industrial action below. This affects all employees of Fujitsu Services Limited who are in scope of the Manchester Recognition Agreement.
A copy of the full notice sent to Fujitsu is here.

27 September 2011

Mr T Thompson
Regional Officer
Unite the Union – PRESTON

Dear Colleague


We refer to your request of 26 September 2011.

Following their vote for industrial action, our 307 members who are employed by the company as per the attached breakdown, are hereby called upon to take industrial action.

The action will be discontinuous strike action consisting of a one day stoppage on Tuesday 4 October 2011.

This industrial action is supplemental to that called for in our notice of 7 September 2011.
Please find attached a copy of the notice we have faxed to the employers.

Yours fraternally

This means that in addition to the ongoing action short of strike, there will be a one-day strike on Tuesday 4th October 2011.
Reps have chosen this date in line with the decision of the members’ meeting on 24th August, which decided the strategy for our dispute and asked reps to plan industrial action in support of it.
Tuesday’s strike is timed to support three elements of the strategy:

2) Using “leverage” pressure on the company, for example through the media, suppliers, partners, customers, potential customers, MPs and the public

5) Sustaining our campaign by building support within the wider movement

6) Industrial action, particularly where this supports the other elements of our strategy

The strike will help with “leverage” because it is timed to coincide with Duncan Tait, CEO of Fujitsu UK & Ireland, speaking at a fringe meeting at the Tory party conference here in Manchester. Campaign activities are being planned for the day and it will be important to maximise participation.
The strike will help sustain our campaign by building support in the wider movement, because it comes two days after the TUC’s “March for the Alternative”:

Assemble 12 noon, Sunday 2nd October
Liverpool Road (off Deansgate), Manchester City Centre
March route map here

Many thousands of trade unionists will be in our city, and if we have a visible contingent from Fujitsu we can leaflet and build support for our campaign. Please let your reps know if you are able to take part in the demonstration, so that we can arrange to meet up.just by honouring its agreements and stopping picking on reps. Showing that Fujitsu can be trusted to deliver on its promises would help win more business, not undermine it.
Financial Support
The original email notice reminded members who were on strike on Monday 19th September (whether they helped with picketing etc or not) how to claim their £30 Dispute Benefit.
If you need to claim a Hardship Payment for 19th September or 4th October, please submit your application as soon as possible. Details of how to do so are in section C1 of UNITE’s Q&A on industrial action.

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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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