Back in 2006 Fujitsu started discussions on “harmonisation” before abandoning the discussions and trying to introduce the awful new “IS Interim Guidelines” by the back door. More recently, the company rebadged these as the “UK Interim Guidelines” and continued to quietly put people on them, despite promises to the contrary.
Many of those who received the announcement had no idea they were on the interim out of hours terms. Given the general accuracy of the HR Database, many may not be. Far from improving consistency, manageability and fairness, the interim guidelines are making things worse. Recipients even included people in areas which had already “harmonised” onto other terms and conditions!
If you’ve received one of the company notices and believe you are on something better than the interim guidelines, make sure you object promptly in writing and keep a copy.
Where we have collective bargaining in Manchester, the company has not consulted over the introduction of the interim guidelines, so they should not be in use. This is one of the issues which UNITE is trying to resolve as part of the current dispute. If you are on the interim guidelines AND are in the Manchester bargaining unit, please contact us now.
If you ever have an issue, having good records of your employment, terms and conditions etc can make a huge difference. Without records, how could you resolve a disagreement about your contract, perhaps if you faced a TUPE transfer to a new employer, if you faced redundancy, or if Fujitsu suddenly claimed you’d been getting more than you were entitled to?
It’s a good idea to keep a file with all your employment related documents together, including your original contract and any letters changing it such as job changes, promotions, pay rises or relocations.
Good starting points for your file would be to:
- Print off the statement on pensions contractual status (see above)
- Print off the information from Employee Self Service:
From CafeVIK, select “My Cafe VIK” -> “My Support Systems” ->”SELF Service”
Select “Personal Details”
Select and print each of the “Employment Details”, “Pay and Benefits” and any other pages that are relevant to you.
On the left menu select “Redundancy”, click “Redundancy” and print the “contractual details” information displayed.
- Request an Employee Record Print (ERP) which gives you the basic information held on the HR Database:
From Cafe VIK, select “My CafeVIK” – > “My Support Systems” -> “HR Direct and Ask HR”
Select “Online Requests”
Select “Employee Record Print”
Fill in your own name and personal number
When you get information, check it carefully. If anything appears wrong, ask the company to correct it straight away (and keep a copy of your request in your file)
It appears that the company will pay you up to £25 towards a Xmas party this year, but that this is not being announced. Make sure you ask your line manager about this so you don’t miss out. If this is handled as last year you will need to submit an expense claim with a receipt to get your money.