Strike day #4 at Fujitsu Manchester

In the week when thousands of Fujitsu staff received emails letting them know that they are at risk of redundancy or TUPE, Manchester staff were striking again over pay, pensions and job security.

Across the UK Unite was handing out the new “You CAN Defend Your Job” leaflet at Fujitsu sites. As well as picketing in Manchester, striking members travelled to Germany to hand out a leaflet in English and German at the giant Fujitsu Forum trade fair.

Leafleting at Fujitsu Forum

At the same time our social media Thunderclap reached 342,370 people – thanks to all those who took part.

The strike and activities continue tomorrow.

With Fujitsu swinging between tragedy and farce, many staff are asking whether it is too late to join Unite. The answer is no. Whether you are directly employed by Fujitsu Services Limited, another Fujitsu company such as FSESL, an agency such as Kelly Services, or a subcontractor – everyone has the right to join the union. We face some tough months ahead and stand the best chance of getting through it if we stick together. Don’t leave joining too late though – reps will not give individual support to members who wait until after they have been selected for redundancy or TUPE (this doesn’t mean the generic “you are affected” emails people got this week).

And if you are in part of the company where you don’t yet have union recognition and collective bargaining, don’t forget to register your support for it and to get your colleagues to do the same. If enough people do, Fujitsu can be obliged to negotiate with you properly through the union. See www.ourunion.org.uk/voiceless for details.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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