Manchester : Annual Members’ Meeting Report

Thanks to all the members who attended today’s meeting. Below is a summary of the main points and decisions.
Reports from groups of reps
Members discussed reports on the work of the Workplace, Health & Safety, Learning, Environmental and Equality reps.

Review of group rules

No changes were made to the rules agreed on 14th April 2011.
Pay 2012
Members discussed the improved company pay offer and recognised the progress made in a number of areas. Members remained bemused by the company’s unwillingness to incorporate the “cost of living” and “PAC-related” elements most employees want, but were pleased with other improvements.
The offer was better than the stage 1 offer, better than the pay review outside the bargaining unit, and would deliver greater rises for many lower paid staff than they had seen for years.

Members voted to accept the improved pay offer, which reps have now signed and which will now be implemented.

Election of Reps
Members elected the following reps for the coming year:

. Type of Rep
Rep Workplace Health & Safety Learning Environment Equality
Ben Ashdown Y . . . .
Colin Robinson . Y . . .
David Bradwell Y . . . .
Dean Burn Y . Y . Y
Dennis Morris . Y . . Y
Helen Clayson . Y . Y .
Ian Allinson Y Y . . .
Jay Lieberman Y . . . .
John Baines Y . . . .
Kevin M Davies . Y . . .
Lynne Hodge Y Y . . .
Mark Norman Y . . . .
Maurice Edwards Y . . . .
Michael Thomas Y . . . .
Nikki Aldridge Y . . . .
Pauline Bradburn Y . Y . .
Phil S Morris Y . . . .
Phil Tepper Y Y . . .
Stephen Gibson . Y . . .
Teresa Meyer . . Y . .
Vaheed Shadi . Y . . .
TOTAL: 15 9 3 1 2

More volunteers are welcome for all the roles.
Any Other Business
Members are encouraged to attend the TUC “A Future That Works” demonstration against cuts and austerity on 20 October in London. UNITE is organising transport for members from around the country. Please get in touch if you can go so that transport can be arranged.
Next Steps
Members are encouraged to talk to colleagues about the pay deal, in particular highlighting how it is better than that for employees not covered by union recognition, and how we could achieve even more if more staff join the union and get involved.
Duncan Tait is visiting Manchester on Friday, which is a good opportunity for employees to raise issues that matter to them.
Reps encouraged members to seek advice from reps promptly if they are offered changes to terms and conditions or working arrangements, rather than assuming that reps are aware of them. Considerable effort is required to undo problems caused when members have accepted detrimental changes and only discover the consequences later. Issues are more likely to be successfully resolved if tackled promptly. The price of good terms and conditions is eternal vigilance.
UNITE Health & Safety reps are collating the results of the “move survey” conducted following the closure of MAN35 and will identify issues to focus on. Members were asked to get involved as campaigns over these issues begin.
Health & Safety reps are also preparing a stress survey to help tackle one of the major health issues affecting Fujitsu staff. The more employees who complete this when it is launched, the more weight the results will carry.

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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.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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