Fujitsu strike day #3 – and more called

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.

Pickets with big banner "Job security not 1800 job cuts"

Placards read "Hands Off Hodge" and "Defending Our Jobs"

We continue to get great support – including today a visit from a Unite rep from CSC – all the way from Chesterfield, and Manchester TUC.

Manchester TUC bannerAfter 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.

Leaflet headed "BBC & ITC: How ethical and reliable are your suppliers?"

Unite @ Fujitsu campaigners outside BBC, Media City

Unite @ Fujitsu campaigners outside ITV / Coronation St at Media City

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.

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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 but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer and renewed campaign plans are being made.

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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