Overview of Offers for the Manchester Members’ Meeting

A number of members have asked for more information about the two offers which this afternoon’s members’ meeting will be voting on, as they are long and hard to compare. Below is a summary.
Please make sure you come along and take part in the discussion and votes:
1:30-3:30pm, TODAY Thursday 17th November, MAN35 canteen.
Each offer consists of three documents:

  1. The offer itself – these are different.
  2. A statement on the contractual status of Defined Contribution pensions. This is the same for both offers.
  3. A proposed Annex 2 agreement on reps’ time. The only significant differences in the versions in the two offers are in the timescales in the implementation section.

Overview Of the Offers

The dispute is over a breakdown in industrial relations, breaches of agreements and victimisation of reps, most notably Alan Jenney.
Offer 1 is an offer in exchange for ending the dispute.
Offer 2 is an offer in exchange for continuing the suspension of industrial action to 20th January 2012 while work continues on some issues.
The content of the offers is otherwise broadly similar, but Offer 2 keeps the option of industrial action open while working on the issues of Alan Jenney and pay implementation.
The two offers are otherwise similar, though Offer 2 has some small improvements in a few areas.
Key points:

  1. No recriminations against members.
  2. The “status quo principle” – try to resolve things through discussion rather than imposing change first – is reaffirmed.
  3. The first conciliation meeting for Alan Jenney is due on 24th November.
  4. The form of the FJUK pension consultation body has not been finalised, but a timetable is included.
  5. The new statement on the contractual status of Defined Contribution pensions would give significantly better protection for employees, but is a little disappointing on the secondary issues of Permanent Health Insurance (PHI) and Life Assurance.
  6. The company continues to fail to provide adequate pay data, so there is still no clarity on the size of the under-spend, but progress is being made on this. Under-spend on pay will be corrected in January or February, with back pay to August 2011.
  7. A timetable is agreed for Service Desks staff to move to Rise+ for pay.
  8. A handful of individuals will get their pay corrected with back pay, where mistakes were made in August.
  9. No more current or new staff in the bargaining unit will be put on “interim guidelines” for Out Of Hours until consultation has taken place. Many of those already on interim terms will have their previous terms restored. 10-20 employees are likely to remain on interim terms pending the outcome of consultation.
  10. The company broke its promises from the 3rd October agreement in relation to WINTEL Out Of Hours, by continuing to pay them at imposed lower rates, but UNITE has been assured this will be rectified now.
  11. Fujitsu has started Redeployment Priority Periods (RPP) for MAN23 staff.
  12. A new facilities agreement (Annex 2) would significantly cut the time Ian Allinson, Lynne Hodge and Phil Tepper can spend on your behalf, but allow more members to become reps and allow reps outside Manchester to do more.
  13. he Joint Working Group is up and running, and a Director (Stuart Broadbelt) has been appointed as an escalation point available to UNITE.
  14. The first national meeting with Fujitsu for over a year is scheduled for Monday.
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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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