Fujitsu’s wild axe waving

Today thousands of Fujitsu staff started receiving individual emails telling them they were at risk of redundancy or TUPE – before the company has even given employees (or their reps) meaningful details of the areas affected – let alone consulted about its business plans. Just to keep everyone on edge, a notice to all employees explained that not getting one of these emails doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be affected. Employees aren’t impressed.

The company has half-announced elections to a new “Collective Consultation Group” to deal with the redundancy and TUPE consultation, which it plans to start just before or after Christmas. Unite is urging employees to consider standing for the body, despite its many flaws, and will support members who take on this vital role.

This week Unite will be distributing a new leaflet at major sites across the UK, which explains how Unite members at other companies have successfully resisted offshoring and how Fujitsu staff can follow suit.

Meanwhile members in Manchester are back on strike on Wednesday and Thursday over pay, pensions and job security. Some of the strikers will be taking the message to the giant Fujitsu Forum trade fair in Munich where senior management will be meeting customers and potential customers. Hundreds of people have already signed up to send a simultaneous social media message opposing the termination of Fujitsu Voice, our UK works council, when 1800 jobs are threatened. If you haven’t already signed up for this “Thunderclap”, please do. The message will not only reach hundreds of thousands of people, but be highly visible to Fujitsu Forum participants.

Join the Thunderclap

Large numbers of Fujitsu staff have been joining Unite in recent weeks. If you haven’t joined yet – it’s not too late but hurry. Reps will not provide individual support over these job cuts to members who join after they have been selected.

Whether you are a member or not, you can register your support to extend union recognition and collective bargaining to cover you. Growing numbers are doing so, and if the numbers are high enough in your area (which could be by role, geography, department etc.) then you can win union recognition. Please register your support if you haven’t already.

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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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