Industrial action called at Fujitsu Manchester

Following the vote in favour of strike action and action short of strike in the industrial action ballot, UNITE has called on members employed by Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit to take the following industrial action:

  • From 00:01 on Monday 31st October 2016, a continuous work to rule, withdrawal of goodwill and ban on overtime.
  • From 00:01 on Tuesday 1st November 2016, a continuous refusal to undertake time recording (e.g. SST) or forecasting (e.g. MyTime)
  • Discontinuous strike action consisting of a 24 hour stoppage commencing at 00:01 on Tuesday 1st November 2016 and a 48 hour stoppage commencing at 00:01 on Monday 7th November 2016.

The 24-hour strike on Tuesday 1st November is timed to coincide with Living Wage Week and the announcement of the new Living Wage figure, giving us the opportunity to highlight our pay issues when the media spotlight is on one of our issues.

The 48-hour strike on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th November gives us the opportunity to highlight all our issues pay, pensions and job security. All three issues remain important, and the announcement of 1800 UK job cuts makes the job security issue even more important than ever.

The dates have been chosen to highlight the ‘equal pay day‘ for women working for Fujitsu the date after which they would be, on average, working for free if they were paid as much as their male colleagues. This is a few days earlier than the UKs general equal pay day on 10th November, because Fujitsus gender pay gap is worse than average.

The ban on overtime is primarily intended to prevent the company catching up with work delayed or disrupted by strikes. It covers both paid and unpaid overtime, but does not cover work when you are called out from standby.

The work to rule and withdrawal of goodwill mean slowing things down by doing your job by the book. This could include things like reading company announcements and CafeVIK information fully, following procedures and checks meticulously, logging calls thoroughly, making appropriate use of unavailable states, taking all your breaks, or not using your own car on company business (unless you have a company car or allowance in lieu). Use your imagination!

Most staff hate filling in SST and MyTime, and refusing to do so will have a real impact on the company. This could be a very effective form of action short of strike.

At the last members meeting members instructed reps to ensure that the settlement of the dispute includes a clause prohibiting victimisation or detriment, as in previous disputes, and to ensure this includes any impact of our industrial action on achievement of objectives or targets.

Remember that strike days shouldnt just mean not working. Were striking to try to win a decent settlement on important issues. The more people who actively participate the sooner we will win and the fewer strikes we will need. Details of strike-day activities will be announced in coming days.

Dont forget that non-members are entitled to take part in the industrial action too, but they cant get financial support from UNITE. The best thing for them to do is join, which lots are doing.

An updated FAQ will be circulated in the next few days, which will include details of financial support for strikers and the process for individuals and the company to use if they need to request an exemption from any of the planned action.

There will be a lunchtime campaign meeting, open to all UNITE members:

1-2pm, Thursday 27th October
35GCR2

This will be an opportunity to clarify any questions or concerns about the issues or action called and to organise the logistics for Tuesdays strike.

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are fighting over job security, for union recognition, against victimisation of reps, and over pay and pensions. Members nationally took industrial from 28 February including 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike, after 12 days of local strikes in Manchester.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer.

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

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