Can you help two employees avoid redundancy?

Earlier in the year Fujitsu announced redundancies in Business Operations and parts of Business and Application Services (BAS) across the UK. That process is mostly complete now, with most of the staff affected either informed that they are safe, redeployed, or no longer in Fujitsu.
In Manchester there remain two employees at risk who want to stay in the company. Since the Annex 1 agreement was introduced in 2007 UNITE and the company have successfully used it to maintain a position where no employee in the bargaining unit has been forced out through redundancy without their consent – a record we are keen to maintain.
UNITE is continuing discussions with Fujitsu to try to find ways of avoiding the redundancies or securing redeployment for the two individuals. In the meantime we are pleased to report that Fujitsu has agreed to hold off dismissing the two employees while discussions take place, which also gives them more time to secure redeployment.
The more people who are trying to help, the better the chances of success, so please get in touch as a matter of urgency if you are of any vacancies, redeployment opportunities, potential job swaps or job shares or have any other ideas to help secure jobs for Pete — and Steve —– see below for details.
Thanks for your help
Unite the Union
Steve —
Steve is an experienced Fujitsu employee, currently working in ITG and based in the North West. He has worked in various roles covering almost the whole spectrum of Fujitsu’s activities; projects, development, sales, service and business systems management. More recently he has led several projects in knowledge management from ProjectWEB through to the current Social Media platform and Cafe VIK portals.
His main career and skill set is in project management. He was a senior project manager in the P&PM community though he has used these skills in wider ranging roles. He is Prince 2 accredited and has ITIL foundation (green badge), along with IT Infrastructure and Business Analysis accreditations.
As well as working in the UK, Steve has experience of working with other Fujitsu companies and geographies, most notably Japan, Spain and Australia.
Steve has worked on internal corporate projects but also has significant experience of retail clients and projects and also financial services. In all of these areas Steve has been recognised with Outstanding Performance and Gold awards.
Steve is looking for a role that enables him to continue to add value for Fujitsu, whether internal or external facing, based in the North West. The most obvious type of role is a continuation of project management, though bid management and service management are also roles he would be interested in and capable of undertaking.
Peter —
Pete is an experienced software developer with fourteen years served as a Fujitsu employee.
He is conscientious and team-orientated with initiative and ideas. A good communicator, he is personable, flexible and reliable. He understands that modern IT is more than software development and is open to new experiences.
He is based in Manchester although his latest two projects have operated out of Liverpool where his face is also well known. Over his time with Fujitsu he has worked in development, testing and third line support, which has included deployment of test and live server environments. He also has some team leading experience.
He has worked on projects ranging from standalone PC based solutions through to client/server, enterprise-scale applications. Sectors he has worked in include mobile phone financials, utilities (water, gas, electric), railways (data warehousing/journey information), supply chain/logistics, government (Home Office) as well as some internal projects. These have mostly involved team working which he is highly suited to although he has also been relied upon to work alone. For a few of these projects Pete has earned a silver and two bronze awards.
Pete is now a family man as he and his partner are in the process of adopting two young children. Accordingly he would prefer work based in the Manchester/Liverpool area although he is happy to travel further on an occasional basis.

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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.

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