UNITE is holding a meeting for all members in scope of the Manchester Recognition Agreement. This meeting will vote on a company offer (which will be circulated once finalised) and decide whether to accept the offer or resume industrial action.
Please do your utmost to attend and encourage colleagues to do the same.
Members are entitled to attend the meeting in work time. If your manager might need to arrange cover for while you attend, it is important that you ask them now to confirm your release. If you have any difficulty securing release, please contact your rep immediately. If you leave this until the last minute, reps may not be able to resolve this for you.
The agenda will include:
- The company offer (including pay, Out Of Hours, pensions, Rise+, facility time and treatment of reps)
- What next (if the offer is rejected)
- Out Of Hours (overtime, standby, shifts)
- Election of additional reps (see below)
If you have any other items for the agenda, please email your reps in good time.
Election of additional reps
If the offer is accepted, the new “Annex 2” agreement on facility time for reps to work on your behalf will come into effect immediately. This will lead to:
- A reduction in the time available to our most active reps
- A removal of the limit on the number of reps
To ensure that the quality of representation continues to improve, UNITE is therefore asking you to consider volunteering to be elected as a rep at Friday’s members’ meeting.
What does volunteering mean?
- You would not be expected to step into the role of an experienced rep – we need lots of people contributing what they can
- Reps training is provided and the reps work as a team supporting each other
- Reps are allowed paid time in work to carry out their responsibilities
- Being a rep can be challenging, but it is also rewarding – you can help make Fujitsu a better place to work
- Reps can choose to take on a variety of different roles, rather than trying to do everything. Areas we would like to get more people involved in include:
- Helping with admin, action tracking, planning etc
- Organising the distribution of union notices
- Writing newsletter articles
- Organising induction events for new staff
- Administering web sites
- Accompanying members at appeals resulting from the reorganisation
- Working on one specific issue you care about, e.g.
- Analysing pay data
- Out Of Hours (overtime, shift, standby) arrangements
- Use and treatment of agency temps
- Company cars
- Bonus and incentive schemes
- Health & Safety
- Learning, training and development
- Environmental issues
If you are interested in volunteering to be a UNITE rep, please email your reps as soon as possible, so that one of the existing team can discuss this with you prior to Friday’s members’ meeting.
Can you persuade someone else to stand who you think could make a useful contribution?