Goverment threat to redundancy rights

While millions of people bemoan the inadequacy of the legal protection for UK workers, the government is busy looking at how the balance of power can be further tilted towards employers.
One of the areas the government is looking at is reducing the minimum consultation periods for redundancy from the current 0/30/90 day levels Ė which are already shorter than many other European countries. At the recent Fujitsu Voice meeting, one of Fujitsuís HR Directors picked up on the government proposals in an attempt to justify Fujitsuís attempt to rush through some of its current redundancies in less than 90 days.
What a contrast with Fujitsuís approach to implementing the Agency Worker Regulations, which represented a small but important improvement in workersí rights. In that case, HR showed no enthusiasm for early implementation!
We need to defend what legal rights we have, and push for Fujitsu to exceed them.

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'Fujitsu Whistleblower' hotline. Concerned about unethical or illegal practices? Contact the hotline on 0800 852 7479 or fujitsu.whistleblowers@unitetheunion.org. It is run by Unite the Union and your identity will be kept strictly confidential. Don't let Fujitsu silence whistleblowers.

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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