Please see below for an update about redundancies. UNITE’s priority is to avoid people being forced out of the company through compulsory redundancy.
UNITE, Fujitsu Manchester
Fujitsu is rushing ahead with the ill-conceived redundancies in Business Operations and Business & Application Services (BAS). Worries continue that other areas will follow.
Business Operations pressed ahead with selecting people for redundancy without having sought volunteers first, or considering measures which could avoid compulsory redundancies.
The company is resisting calls from the unions, redundancy forums, and even Fujitsu Voice, to give everyone at least 90 days consultation. This means that those employees not in the Manchester bargaining unit may be given notice after just 30 days.
For the benefit of those at risk now, and for those who could be affected by redundancies in other areas in the near future, we need to up the pressure on Fujitsu to handle the situation responsibly.
UNITE has produced a petition about Fujitsu redundancies. Please sign the redundancy petition, ask your colleagues to sign it, and return it as quickly as possible.
Progress on Pensions & PILOB
The national jobs, pay and pensions dispute was resolved in February 2010 with the ACAS agreement which included the clause:
The company resisted implementing this commitment it was only following industrial action last year in Crewe and Manchester that the company reached a new agreement on 20th January 2012 which finally led to a new statement on contractual status of Fujitsus DC pension schemes being published on CafeVIK. After initially refusing, the company has now conceded (after seeking legal advice) that this means that where the company makes employees redundant, dismisses them without notice and pays Pay In Lieu Of Notice (PILON) and Pay In Lieu Of Benefits (PILOB), the PILOB must now include lost company pension contributions normally between 6% and 20% of salary for FJUK members. Well done to everyone who helped secure this important improvement to redundancy terms by taking part in UNITEs campaigns over the last three years.
Similarly, if you know of any opportunities for redeployment for people doing these roles, please get in touch