Report from Manchester Members’ Meeting

Thanks to all the members who attended today’s members’ meeting.
Members voted unanimously to reject offer 1, and unanimously to accept offer 2. The resulting agreement is here.
Amongst other things, this means that the suspension of industrial action continues until 20th January 2012. Members will be keeping a close eye on implementation during that period, as concerns about delays remain.
The new “Annex 2” agreement on reps’ “facility time” to work on behalf of employees would come into effect if UNITE ends the industrial action by 20th January 2012. Annex 2 would reduce the time available for Ian Allinson, Lynne Hodge and Phil Tepper, but remove the limit on the number of Manchester workplace reps and help reps elsewhere in the country to do more on issues and tasks which relate to members both inside and outside Manchester.
In the meantime, members unanimously elected the following as additional Deputy Workplace Reps:

  1. Christopher Jones
  2. David Bradwell (focussing on administrative support)
  3. Gavin Morrison (focussing on WINTEL Out Of Hours)
  4. John Lacey (focussing on Marketing redundancies)
  5. Phil Morris (focussing on WINTEL Out Of Hours issue)

Our Recognition Agreement allows members who are considering becoming reps to undertake the necessary training, so if you are interested, please get in touch as soon as possible to help minimise the impact of the new arrangements on the quality of your representation.
The acceptance of the offer means that we will not be striking on 30th November. Members were encouraged to show their support for both the public sector pensions strike and the wider day of action against cuts taking place on that day. For example, you could:

  1. Talk to colleagues and friends to dispel some of the misinformation in the media
  2. Visit a picket-line before work
  3. Book the day off and join one of the rallies and marches planned for the day

A collection for the strikers raised £100.

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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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