Dispute Update

Following the notice of industrial action for the Manchester strike on Tuesday 4th October, more arrangements are now being made for the next few days of campaigning. At the same time, UNITE continues its efforts to negotiate a settlement to the dispute, with further talks scheduled for Monday.
Friday 30th September
Don’t forget the lunchtime “dispute committee” meeting which is open to all UNITE members:

12:30-13:30, Friday 30th September
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All members are welcome. Come along to hear updates on negotiations and developments in the campaign and to organise campaign activities up to and including Tuesday’s strike. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Sunday 2nd October
Please join the UNITE delegation on the TUC “March for the Alternative” at the Tory conference in Manchester on Sunday:

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

The plan is to march as a visible Fujitsu group and to distribute leaflets about our campaign to the demonstrators. Please let your reps know if you are able to take part in the demonstration, to make it easier to meet up. We will aim to meet before 12 noon near the junction of Liverpool Road and Duke Street (near The Ox pub and the Museum of Science and Industry, map). If you can’t find the group, you can phone reps Ian Allinson, Lynne Hodge or Phil Tepper.
After the speeches finish at the TUC rally, the Right to Work campaign is holding a rally at which we will have a UNITE Fujitsu speaker and be able to distribute leaflets for our campaign:

Doors open 3.30pm
Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess St, Manchester M1 6DD (entrance on Major Street)
Other speakers include Mark Serwotka (PCS general secretary) and Tony Kearns (CWU senior deputy general secretary)

Tuesday 4th October STRIKE DAY
Questions? See UNITE’s Q&A on industrial action.
Picketing:

  • MAN33/34/35: 06:30 – 10:00 Fujitsu, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP
  • MAN23: 07:00 – 08:30 Fujitsu, Unit 4, Michigan Park, Michigan Avenue, Broadway, Salford, M50 2GY

Protest:

Assemble 12:00, rally 12:10
Barbirolli Square, Manchester M2 3GX (near the big pebble outside the Bridgewater Hall, off Lower Mosley Street). Map.

This protest is just opposite where Duncan Tait (Fujitsu UK & Ireland’s Chief Executive Officer) is due to speak at a fringe meeting at the Tory conference at 12:30.
All members are urged to attend to ensure we send the strongest message possible that Fujitsu should resolve the dispute by honouring its agreements and stopping picking on reps.
Campaigning:
Look out for details of other campaigning activities which are being planned for the afternoon.

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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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