Manchester: Members Meeting on Pay – 14th June

Don’t forget the meeting for all UNITE members in the Manchester bargaining unit:

1:30-3pm, Thursday 14th June
MAN35 canteen

The main business of the meeting will be a report on pay talks which are ongoing and a vote to decide whether or not UNITE should accept the company pay offers (see below).
These are important decisions affecting your pay and benefits – please come along and have your say. 

Members are entitled to attend the meeting in work time.  If your manager might need to arrange cover for while you attend, it is important that you ask them now to confirm your release.  If you have any difficulty securing release, please contact your rep immediately.  If you leave this until the last minute, reps may not be able to resolve this for you.

Reps expect to have two offers for you to vote on at the meeting:

  • OFFER 1: updates the 2011 Manchester Pay And Benefits Agreement to include the move from D1-D4 to Rise+ for Service Desks staff and makes a number of other minor changes, but does not yet include anything about the 2012 pay review.
  • OFFER 2: includes the changes in OFFER 1, plus company proposals for the 2012 pay review and a number of other proposed changes to the agreement.

The company has already provided a signed OFFER 1.  UNITE has published a version of OFFER 1 on CafeVIK which shows the updates from the current Manchester Pay And Benefits Agreement signed in July 2011 as tracked changes.
The company says it will provide a signed copy of OFFER 2 in the morning.  Your reps will not ask you to vote on any offer unless and until a signed copy is received, as the company has in the past retracted or changed offers made without signatures.  The company has provided an electronic copy of the offer it says it will make in the morning, though the filename still includes “draft”.  UNITE has published a version of OFFER 2 on CafeVIK which shows the updates from OFFER 1 as tracked changes.  Some of the sections (particularly Appendix 1 and Appendix 2) are difficult to read with tracked changes on.  In recent versions of Word you can hide these by going to the “Review” option on the ribbon and changing the drop-down option in the “Tracking” panel from “Final Showing Markup” to “Final”.
To save paper, reps intend to have the offers available on a projector but not to print copies for members at the meeting so if you want to refer to a copy of either offer, please bring your own.
For reference, our pay claim is here.
If the company provides a signed copy of OFFER 2 and members accept it, reps will sign it on behalf of UNITE and it will become effective.
If OFFER 2 is not accepted, pay negotiations would move to stage 2.  The baseline for these negotiations would either be the 2011 agreement or OFFER 1 if members have accepted that.

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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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