“Interim” Out of hours

Despite the failure to consult Fujitsu Voice before they were introduced, the company continues to gradually expand the pool of people on the (dreadful) “UK Interim Additional Hours Guidelines”. Whenever you move department, change job etc you need to be very careful to ensure the company doesn’t take the opportunity to worsen your terms and conditions for Overtime, Shift, Standby or Callout – whether you are currently working Out Of Hours or not.
The company has generated a myriad of Out Of Hours terms over the years, in its attempt to undermine the Unsocial Hours Policy (UHP) which used to apply to everyone in the company below Management grade (and still applies to many).
Fujitsu has informed UNITE that it is plans minor changes to the “interim” guidelines following feedback from Fujitsu Voice. They also confirmed what many had assumed – “interim” is no more than spin – Fujitsu has no plans to replace them.
In Manchester the union has had considerable success in preventing the use of the interim guidelines and the recent agreement means many of those recorded as on them are being put on something more appropriate. However, Fujitsu has now begun consultation with UNITE about introducing them to the bargaining unit – which will clearly be a key issue locally over the coming months with potential national implications.

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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 but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer and renewed campaign plans are being made.

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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