Report from Manchester members’ meeting

Thanks to the members who attended today’s meeting. Below is a summary of the main points.
Update on Dispute
Good progress continues to be made in implementing many aspects of the 17th November agreement, some of which has already been reported.
In addition:

  • Progress continues to resolve outstanding issues to allow Service Desks staff to move from the D1-D4 to the Rise+ pay system
  • Individuals who had been paid less than they were entitled to in the August pay review are starting to report that they have received extra rises in their December pay packet, backdated to 1st August
  • UNITE and the company have now agreed that the under-spend on the pay review for the Manchester bargaining unit was £25,952.92. This will increase the total spend for the bargaining unit from 2.57% to 2.65%, comparing very positively with the 2% the company claims to have spent elsewhere. A discussion will take place in the new year to determine which employees will get a share of this and how much.

More work is required in the following areas:

  • Provision of pay data in line with the agreements (important for the future)
  • Resolving the Out Of Hours terms for staff in the bargaining unit currently recorded as on IS or UK “interim” terms
  • Reductions in contracted hours without loss of pay for employees in areas where 37 hours is the norm but who are currently recorded on greater hours

Two areas are causing significant concern:

  • WINTEL Out Of Hours – where the company doesn’t seem to be sticking to the agreement
  • Treatment of reps – there has been a flurry of new issues

EC nominations
Members decided to nominate candidates for the two new seats on the UNITE Executive Council created by the UNITE 2011 Rules Conference. These are a national seat for Disabled members and a national seat for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) members.
If there is more than one candidate for either seat, an election will be held with voting taking place between 30 January and 22 February 2012. All working members will be eligible to vote.
Further details are available on the UNITE web site.

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included strikes and ongoing action short of strike. Further strikes have been called for 22, 25, 26 May.

This follows the recent 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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