Update on Fujitsu-UNITE Joint Working, 11th January 2012

To: Employees in the UNITE Manchester Bargaining Unit
Update on Fujitsu-UNITE Joint Working, 11th January 2012
The minutes of the Joint Working Group meetings from October 2011 and November 2011 have been published on CafeVIK.
We are pleased to report progress in a number of areas including those below.
Pensions
Terms of Reference for a new consultation body for the Fujitsu UK Pension Plan have been agreed.
Pay
Fujitsu and UNITE have now agreed the size of the under-spend on the August 2011 pay review for the Manchester bargaining unit. If UNITE members accept the Company offer by 20th January 2012, the under-spend will be distributed as follows:

  1. The 12 people in the bargaining unit who received no pay rise on 1st August 2011 will receive an increase to annual salary of £225 or 1% of their 31st July 2011 salary, whichever is greater
  2. The remaining 768 people who were in the bargaining unit on 1st August 2011, are still in the company and who didn’t have a PAC of U or P will receive an increase to annual salary of £29

All figures are Full Time Equivalent. All increases will be effective from 1st August 2011, and will be paid from the February 2012 payroll, including back pay.
Correcting the under-spend will bring the total spend for the bargaining unit to 2.65% (plus promotions) for the August pay 2011 review.
A joint workshop also identified six individuals whose role codes were changed on 1st August 2011 from SCO/A to BSC/BC1. Though the company believes they are still doing the same work, this change is classed as a promotion under the terms of the agreement, so Fujitsu and UNITE are jointly checking the pay situation for this group. If you are one of this group and wish to discuss your promotion with UNITE, please contact Ian Allinson.
Alan Jenney
The parties have successfully resolved the position of Mr Jenney through the services of ACAS to both parties’ satisfaction.
Out Of Hours
Fujitsu and UNITE have jointly reviewed 49 employees in the Manchester bargaining unit who were recorded on the HR database as being on “interim” terms for Out Of Hours, as these were not meant to be used for people in the bargaining unit. This includes both “Infrastructure Services Interim Guidelines” and “UK Interim Additional Hours Guidelines” and relates to overtime, shift and stand-by.
HR Direct will be writing to the 49 employees with more detail. If you are one of this group please ensure you read the letter carefully and respond promptly if appropriate, as this could affect your past and future payments.

Rise+

Progress continues to validate and update the Rise+ documentation for Service Desks staff in TSS1, TSS2 and TSM1 roles. A format for centrally recording employees’ D1-D4 and Rise+ levels on the HR Database has been agreed and will be implemented shortly so that individuals can see this via Self Service. The necessary changes to the Manchester Pay and Benefits Agreement still need to be agreed.
Next steps
Work continues to resolve a number of other issues, with the aim of reaching a final agreement to resolve the dispute by 20th January 2012.
UNITE will be holding a members’ meeting to decide whether the union will accept the company offer:

10:00 – 12:00, Friday 20th January 2012
MAN35 canteen

Fujitsu and UNITE are both keen that the members’ meeting should be as representative as possible. Members whose managers might have to arrange cover for them to attend should request release as soon as possible. Managers are asked to facilitate and confirm this release in good time before the meeting.
Due to the meeting, the following restrictions will be in place in MAN35 on Friday 20th January:

  1. Staff entrance/exit door at the rear of the building will be locked – please use MAN35 reception entrance.
  2. The vending machines in the restaurant will not be available for use.
  3. General access to the restaurant will be restricted to those who are actually attending the meeting.

We will continue to keep you updated.

Fujitsu Joint Working Group members UNITE Joint Working Group members
Catherine Kelly, HR Advisor, Case Management Ian Allinson
Ellie Sims, HR Manager, Private Sector Division Lynne Hodge
Jason Fowler, HR Service Delivery Director Phil Tepper
Richard Batty, Head of Service Desks Maurice Edwards
Stuart Broadbelt, Director, Supply & Lifecycle Services Pauline Bradburn
Wendy Warham, Head of DCMS UK Shared Services Isabel Hay
Terry Thompson (UNITE Regional Officer)
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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK have been taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

The national dispute follows the 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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