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Local Representatives
If Manchester members decide to accept the company’s offer on 20th January, a new agreement on “facility time” – the time when reps can work on behalf of employees – will come into effect. This will mean a reduction in facility time for three of our key reps in Manchester, but a new ability for reps outside Manchester to carry out some union functions in work time.
In the past, the restrictions on reps outside Manchester forced UNITE to rely heavily on Manchester reps to deal with issues which often affect people elsewhere just as much. The new agreement means this will have to change. If we get new reps coming forward, the new agreement can mean better representation and a stronger union. If we don’t, there is a risk that staff will suffer as a result of the reduction in time for a few of our most active reps.
If you’d be willing to stand as a rep in your area, please get in touch now.
UNITE is in the process of organising training for reps across Fujitsu, and the company has agreed in principle to release people from work for this.
Combine Committee Vacancies
The Combine Committee coordinates UNITE’s work in Fujitsu at a national and regional level. There are 21 seats, allocated in proportion to membership, and the current members are:

Constituency Combine-21 members
London, South and East Dave Seymour (HOM99)
Helen Kerr (STE04)
Matt Whaley (LDN27)
Tony Bishop (STE04)
Midlands Alasdair Lewis (HOM99)
Yorkshire, North-East and Scotland Barbara Horton (WAK01)
John Garvani (HOM99)
Northern Ireland Guillaume Chesnel
John Walsh (IRE11)
North-West (excluding Manchester) Isabel Hay (WAR08)
Rob (Wilf) Williams (CRE02)
Thames Valley, South-West and Wales Chris Forrest (BSN01)
Christopher Woolley (BRA07)
Manchester bargaining unit Ben Ashdown (MAN33)
Ian Allinson (MAN34)
Jay Lieberman (HOM99)
Lynne Hodge (MAN33)
Pauline Bradburn (MAN35)

If you would like to stand for the vacant seat, please contact your reps by 25th January including:

  • Your name
  • Your contractual base location
  • Your work email address (and private email address if you have one)
  • Your work phone number (and a mobile number if you have one)
  • An election statement of up to 100 words (examples are available on request)

Combine Committee members are expected to:

  • Encourage members in their constituency to hold meetings, elect reps and get involved at a local level
  • Seek views from members, reps and contacts in their constituency
  • Work together as a team
  • Maximise members’ involvement in decision making
  • Take part in combine committee discussions and decision-making
  • Report back to members, reps and contacts in their constituency
  • Coordinate with reps and contacts in their constituency, including encouraging them to undertake training and gain accreditation
  • Liaise with the union full-time officers covering Fujitsu in their constituency
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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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