On Thursday members in Manchester voted to accept Fujitsu’s “offer 2”, which covers a range of local and national issues.
A copy of the resulting agreement is here.
This agreement means that the suspension of the current industrial action continues until 20th January 2012 while work continues in pursuit of a full settlement. The key points of the agreement from a national perspective are:
- The first conciliation meeting for Alan Jenney is due on 24th November.
- The form of the FJUK pension consultation body has not been finalised, but a timetable is included.
- 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. This will be published within a week if the dispute is settled by 20th January.
- Fujitsu will consult UNITE in Manchester about the “interim guidelines” for Out Of Hours (overtime, shift, standby, callout), which could have an impact on this issue nationally. No more people in the Manchester bargaining unit will be put on these terms, and many of those who already have been will be put onto more appropriate terms.
- A new facilities agreement (Annex 2) would significantly cut the time Manchester reps Ian Allinson, Lynne Hodge and Phil Tepper can spend on behalf of members, but would also allow more members to become reps and allow reps outside Manchester to do more. This would come into effect if the dispute is settled by 20th January.
- The first national meeting with Fujitsu for over a year is scheduled for today.
If you’d be willing to be a UNITE rep or contact for your site/area, please get in touch.