As you will no doubt be aware, tomorrow will see the biggest strike in a generation by public sector workers across Health, Education (schools, colleges & universities) and Local & Central Government over cuts to pension provision.
As Wakefield House is shared with the NHS PPA, we have been told that there will be a Unison picket at the building.
Whilst Fujitsu staff are not striking, all trade unionists rely on unity and solidarity to achieve their goals, and the tradition of respecting picket lines and not crossing them is central to this. Fujitsu has prepared a statement which says:
“we recognise that some Fujitsu employees may not wish to cross a picket line, may wish to arrive at work later than normal, may need to make alternative childcare arrangements or may wish to take annual leave on the 30th November. In any of these situations it is essential that employees notify their line manager of such an intent no later than 23rd November to ensure appropriate arrangements can be made. Please note, I cannot guarantee that all requests will be accepted as managers will be required to ensure services are provided as usual but we will be flexible where it is viable.”
The media is full of misinformation about public sector pensions. UNITE has produced an excellent leaflet aimed at private sector workers to explain the issues, as well as a poster you can display to show your support.
Please show your support if you see the picket and, if you can manage it, there’s a March and Rally starting from the Vine Tree Pub Car Park, 82 Leeds Road with the Rally at Cathedral Precincts.