Fujitsu Voice is an important tool for employees to be informed and consulted. Its Charter gives it a much firmer legal footing than Voices predecessor, the UKCF meaning there can be real consequences if the company fails to stick to the rules.
Employers often undermine information and consultation bodies by trying to:
- Restrict discussions to the reps, so that reps can’;t represent constituents’; views
- Pack the agenda so there’s little opportunity to discuss key issues
- Turn communications into “company-speak” so that many employees can’t participate
The arrangement of constituencies on Fujitsu Voice has created a situation where the majority of the Elected Reps are managers or other senior staff, which inevitably makes it harder for the body to reflect the opinions of the majority of employees.
An “information and consultation” body can never be a substitute for genuine independent union organisation, but it can be a useful complement to it, particularly if the two work together. To make a body like Fujitsu Voice fully effective will take a culture change – which takes both time and effort.
A number of vacancies have arisen on Fujitsu Voice, and the company will shortly be inviting nominations. As in the past, UNITE and PCS would like to identify potential candidates as quickly as possible so that a list can be agreed which all employees are asked to support and so that the unions can assist members with their nominations and election campaigns.
The vacancies for reps or deputies are currently in the following Professional Community constituencies:
- Finance and Human Resources
- Commercial, Legal, Procurement, Quality and Business Assurance
- Sales, Account Management and Marketing
If you are interested in standing, please get in touch soon as possible.
For more information, see the Fujitsu Voice web site and the briefing pack UNITE created for the original Fujitsu Voice elections.