Your Union Needs YOU

One of the issues UNITE has been discussing with the company is a new “facilities agreement” which deals with arrangements for reps to have time to work on behalf of employees.
The offer isn’t finalised yet, but it seems likely that the company will propose a new arrangement that includes:

  1. Significant reductions in the time available to some of our reps with the greatest UNITE workload (currently Ian Allinson, Lynne Hodge, Phil Tepper, Pauline Bradburn)
  2. A removal of the current limit on the number of workplace reps
  3. A limited facility for reps outside Manchester to get more involved

If members accept a proposal along these lines, the impact on the quality of your representation will depend on whether the reductions in what a few reps can do are offset by increased involvement by many more members.
UNITE is therefore asking you to considering volunteering to be elected as a rep at Thursday’s members’ meeting: 1:30-3:30pm, Thursday 17th November, MAN35 canteen.
Electing new reps is particularly urgent given that the impending reorganisation means there could be a significant volume of work supporting members at appeals if they have been wrongly allocated etc.
What does volunteering mean?

  • You would not be expected to step into the role of an experienced rep – we need lots of people contributing what they can
  • Reps training is provided and the reps work as a team supporting each other
  • Reps are allowed paid time in work to carry out their responsibilities
  • Being a rep can be challenging, but it is also rewarding – you can help make Fujitsu a better place to work
  • Reps can choose to take on a variety of different roles, rather than trying to do everything. Areas we would like to get more people involved in include:
    • Helping with admin, action tracking, planning etc
    • Organising the distribution of union notices
    • Writing newsletter articles
    • Organising induction events for new staff
    • Administering web sites
    • Accompanying members at appeals resulting from the reorganisation
    • Working on one specific issue you care about, e.g.
      • Pensions
      • Analysing pay data
      • Equality
      • Out Of Hours (overtime, shift, standby) arrangements
      • Use and treatment of agency temps
      • Company cars
      • Bonus and incentive schemes
      • Health & Safety
      • Learning, training and development
      • Environmental issues

If you are interested in volunteering to be a UNITE rep, please get in touch as soon as possible, so that one of the existing team can discuss this with you prior to Thursday’s members’ meeting.
Can you persuade someone else to stand who you think could make a useful contribution?

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included strikes and ongoing action short of strike. Further strikes have been called for 22, 25, 26 May.

This follows the recent 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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