Out Of Hours

Fujitsu recently caused confusion by sending notices to hundreds of people about changes to their Out Of Hours (overtime, shift, standby, callout) arrangements.
UNITE has since learned that the root cause of this was a success by our sister union, PCS, in winning increases to some Out Of Hours payment rates (for people on “interim guidelines”) as part of their pay settlement. Fujitsu decided to apply this to everyone on these terms, not just the PCS bargaining unit.
Unfortunately the company notice didn’t explain this and was sent to a lot of people who didn’t believe they were even on the interim guidelines, which are amongst the worst Out Of Hours terms in the company. The announcement also moved people from the IS Interim Guidelines onto the UK ones without any warning or discussion.
UNITE reps are trying to help members who have been affected by this, where those members have got in touch to raise the question. UNITE is also trying to resolve the “interim guidelines” confusion in Manchester where we have collective bargaining.
As a further confusion, it turns out that the claim form which the announcement linked to contained errors which would lead employees to under-claim. A corrected form for those on interim guidelines is available here, but the original one has not been removed.

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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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