Today was the third strike day at Fujitsu Manchester, focussing on jobs. Fujitsu has been eroding redundancy terms, which removes the incentive for them to retrain and redeploy staff rather than making redundancies. Part of our pay claim is for better redundancy pay to improve job security. This has become even more important since Fujitsu’s announcement of 1800 UK job cuts. We are also campaigning to defend Unite rep Lynne Hodge – five months after the company tried to take her job off her, in breach of agreements, her situation is still not sorted out.
We continue to get great support – including today a visit from a Unite rep from CSC – all the way from Chesterfield, and Manchester TUC.
After the picket we went to Salford’s media city, where we leafleted outside ITV and the BBC (current and prospective Fujitsu customers). We got great support from the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) at the BBC – their FoC (rep) took away leaflets to use inside the building.
Next action called
UNITE has called on members employed by Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit to take strike action consisting of a 48 hour stoppage commencing at 00:01 hours on 16th November 2016. This is in addition to the ongoing continuous work to rule, withdrawal of goodwill, ban on overtime and refusal to undertake any time recording (e.g. SST) or forecasting (e.g. MyTime).
The strike on Wednesday 16th – Thursday 17th November is timed to coincide with Fujitsu Forum in Munich, a huge trade fair where the company expects 14,000 people, and which will be addressed by Fujitsu figures as senior as Tatsuya Tanaka (Fujitsu President) and Duncan Tait (Head of Fujitsu Europe, Middle East, India, Africa and the Americas). Watch this space for more details.
Don’t forget that while any Fujitsu Services Limited employee in the Manchester bargaining unit can legally take part in the industrial action, only Unite members get financial support from the union. Reps expect to update the Q&A about the dispute to be updated tomorrow.
Members would much prefer Fujitsu to settle the dispute rather than having to take further action, but if the company won’t listen to the strength of our arguments, we will have to make them listen to the argument of our strength.