Update on Manchester Issues in the Dispute

Pay
UNITE is pushing for the full implementation of the Manchester Pay And Benefits Agreement.
By the time the deadline expired, the company says it had received 9 specific queries from employees about implementation issues, plus 127 people who had sent in the standard query about the shortfall in pay rises. The company has now looked at the 9 cases and indicated how it proposes to address each one – these individuals should hear from the company within the next week or so.
The company has now provided information to UNITE about the implementation of the August pay review. The delay in providing information both helped cause the implementation problems in the first place, and has delayed resolving them.
Once UNITE has reviewed the latest information it will respond to the company and update employees in the bargaining unit. The aim is to include resolution of the pay issues in the company offer on 15th November, but there is currently still much to resolve.
Rise+
The company has now restarted the work required to move Manchester Service Desks staff in TSS1, TSS2 and TSM1 roles from the D1-D4 pay system onto Rise+. If you’re in the area affected, please look out for specific communications and get involved. Getting the change right is important for your career progression and pay.
WINTEL Out Of Hours
Fujitsu issued letters to the team members reinstating the status quo pending the outcome of discussions. This creates the opportunity for the issues to be resolved through dialogue, rather than the company imposing cuts in terms and conditions and changes to working patterns.
MAN23 Closure
Fujitsu is in the process of handing out letters to MAN23 staff to start their Redeployment Priority Periods (RPPs). The RPP gives them protection and support through the redeployment process.
UNITE is also talking to the company about proposals to change staff role codes. This is intended to assist with redeployment but it will be important to get the process right so that it doesn’t have an unintended negative impact on career progression, job security or pay.

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