Unite dossier on Fujitsu pay inequality

Unite has today published a dossier on unequal pay in Fujitsu.

The publication coincides with members in Manchester striking over pay, pensions and job security. Today’s action is highlighting Equal Pay and the huge retrospective cuts to pensions for staff over 60.

The summary of the dossier reads:

“In a society with gross inequality, Fujitsu’s pay is more unequal than the norm, based on its own figures. High paid staff are paid better than market rates, while low-paid staff are paid worse than market rates.

Fujitsu has a mean gender hourly pay gap in of 16%, and a median gender hourly pay gap of 17%.

With a high degree of statistical confidence it is shown that the standard pay review, in areas without collective bargaining, was not independent of gender, age or disability.

Women are concentrated in lower-paid roles, and women are on average paid less than men in the same role.

Fujitsu operates most of the pay practices identified by the Equality and Human Rights Commission as posing risks in terms of potential non-compliance with an employer’s legal obligations.

Fujitsu had promised Unite in 2007 that it would carry out an Equal Pay Audit but has not yet done so. It is refusing to provide requested equality information to its UK Information & Consultation of Employees body, Fujitsu Voice.

Fujitsu claims to be a Responsible Business. It is time the company stopped trying to conceal issues and started working with Unite and other employee representatives to identify and correct them. Continuing unwillingness to do so in the light of such overwhelming evidence will leave it exposed to potential litigation by employees. It has also contributed to the current industrial action by Fujitsu staff.”

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK have been taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

The national dispute follows the 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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