Manchester: Protest Lunchtime TODAY to stop Pete’s redundancy

In the last few days a very serious situation has developed.  UNITE has been informed that Fujitsu intends to dismiss Pete —- as redundant on Thursday (6th September).  This is despite being totally unnecessary and in breach of our Recognition Agreement, Annex 1 and the settlement agreed on 20th January 2012.
As well as being a very serious situation for Pete personally, it is very serious for all of us:

  • If we allow the company to dismiss Pete in breach of agreements, who will be next?
  • This would be the first time an employee in the Manchester bargaining unit had been forced out through redundancy without their consent since the agreements were introduced in 2007.

UNITE reps have escalated the issue to director level with the company and made clear the gravity of the situation.  There are jobs available that Pete has applied for – all the company needs to do is offer him a suitable job.
Protest TODAY
UNITE is inviting all staff to join a lunchtime protest calling for the threat of dismissal to be lifted and for the company to honour its agreements:

12:00 Monday 3rd September
Meet in MAN34 reception

This is very short notice so please do everything you can to spread the word and ensure a good attendance.  It’s what you’d want if you were Pete’s position and by helping prevent Pete’s dismissal you can help avoid such treatment becoming the norm and affecting you later.
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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included strikes and ongoing action short of strike. Further strikes have been called for 22, 25, 26 May.

This follows the recent 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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