Tomorrow’s strike at Fujitsu

Strike day three is Tuesday 8th November at Fujitsu Manchester and will focus on job security. The plans are:

  • Picket 7-10am (get there from 6:30am to help set up if you can) at Fujitsu, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP. Central Park Metrolink stop.
  • Go for a brew and discuss the campaign
  • 12-2pm leafleting at BBC & ITV (current / prospective Fujitsu customers) at Salford’s Media City. Media City Metrolink stop, or park at Unite, Merchants Quay, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3SG
  • Ringing members outside the Manchester bargaining unit to build the “Don’t be Fujitsu Voice-less” campaign, from the Unite Salford office

Today’s strike highlighted the gender pay gap and the slashing of pensions for many over-60s. It was timed for “Equal Pay Day” in Fujitsu, the day after which women would, on average, be working for free if they were paid the same hourly rate as their male colleagues. Unite published a detailed dossier about pay inequality in Fujitsu.

Crowd with banner 16% gender pay gap

Women with placards about gender pay gap

Women with placards outside Pankhurst Centre

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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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