Manchester members authorise escalation and talks

Fujitsu has approached Unite for talks about the Manchester dispute, which are now being arranged. However, no indication has yet been given of movement on any of the issues in dispute – pay, pensions and job security.

This development was welcomed by a meeting of Unite members today. Members agreed the following motion:

We note that every time action has been called, Unite has also proposed negotiations. The company has finally proposed negotiations but signalled no movement yet. Employers never say they will compromise – until they do.

We note that different employees place different priority on the pay, pensions and job security issues and believe that the best outcome will be achieved by united action to achieve an acceptable outcome on all three.

We believe that the best prospects of success lie in combining:

  1. Active participation in campaigning activities
  2. Industrial action
  3. Indirect pressure / leverage by assisting employees elsewhere in Fujitsu to organise against the job cuts and to win union recognition
  4. Indirect pressure / leverage via customers, politicians, media and pressuring Fujitsu to act as a Responsible Business

We welcome the increased financial support for our strike provided by Unite and our campaign’s success in fund-raising. We instruct our reps to prioritise ensuring that members paid less than £20,000 a year are not out of pocket due to taking part in industrial action if they request financial support and play an active part on strike days.

We authorise our reps to ask Unite to call industrial action along any or all of the following lines, in addition to that already called:

  1. Refusal to cooperate with or participate in projects to move work offshore, including knowledge transfer
  2. Up to six days (not including any of the other action listed here) of strike action across the bargaining unit each calendar month
  3. Strike action of any length for particular group(s) of members where they can be supported on full pay and at least 2/3 of members in each group support it
  4. Strike action on days when only a skeleton staff would be working (e.g. 24-27 December, 31 December – 2 January)

Industrial action will be reviewed at each members’ meeting until the dispute is resolved.

We resolve to play an active part in the campaign in work and on strike days.

The immediate next steps are:

  1. Action short of strike continues
  2. UNITE and the company are arranging talks as soon as possible
  3. Further action will be called, but could be suspended if there is progress in negotiations

Members at the meeting also sent a message of solidarity to Durham Teaching Assistants striking today and tomorrow against 23% pay cuts and the threat of dismissal:

Crowd holding signs saying solidarity with Durham TA's

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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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