Fujitsu strikers target retail customers

Today is the sixth strike day as part of the campaign for pay, pensions and job security at Fujitsu Manchester and pickets were out early today.

Flags outside Fujitsu Manchester before sunriseOnce set up, the picket was well supplied.

Pickets by table under gazebo, with flasks, biscuits, posters etcPickets outside Fujitsu Central Park in campaign t-shirts and hi-vizAt noon strikers met up in central Manchester to distribute a new leaflet asking the many high-street stores who are Fujitsu customers to contact Fujitsu to ask them to stop gambling with their service and settle the dispute. If you are a customer of any of Fujitsu’s customers – please ask them to contact Fujitsu and ask them to resolve the dispute.

Today strikers protested and handed out 1000 leaflets at Boots, Costa Coffee, EE, H&M, Marks & Spencer, McDonald’s, Santander and Tesco. Strikers went in to speak to the store managers, several of whom said they intended to contact Fujitsu as a result of the protests.

Protesting and leafleting outside Marks and Spencer, Market Street Protesting and leafleting outside Santander Piccadilly gardens Protesting and leafleting outside Cost Coffee Market Street Protesting and leafleting outside H&M Market Street Protesting and leafleting outside Tesco Market Street Protesting and leafleting outside Boots Market Street Protesting and leafleting outside Boots Piccadilly gardens Protesting and leafleting outside McDonald's Piccadilly gardensWe know that service to one of these customers has already been impacted by strike action. Every day that Fujitsu fails to settle the dispute it is gambling with its customers’ businesses.

The next planned action is a 3-day strike from Saturday 10th December to Monday 12th December – a period when action could hit retail customers hard. Further protests at retail customers are planned for each of these strike days. On Saturday 10th December we will be meeting at 11am at Market Street Metrolink Station.

At 2pm on Saturday 10th December Manchester TUC has called a solidarity rally for the Fujitsu,  Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Durham Teaching Assistants disputes. Please invite friends, family and workmates using the Facebook event and the leaflet.

On Friday the company will finally get round the table with Unite and ACAS. It is important that any Fujitsu staff scheduled to work on 10-12 December check this site as everyone is hoping that Fujitsu comes to its senses and resolve the dispute so that the action can be suspended.

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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 while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

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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