5 more strike days at Fujitsu Manchester over pay, pensions and job security

Unite has announced the next five strike days in the campaign over pay, pensions and job security at Fujitsu Manchester:

Unite has notified the company of the next strike dates in our ongoing campaign for pay, pensions and job security:

  • Thu 12 – Fri 13 January
  • Mon 16 January
  • Thu 19 – Fri 20 January

On all the strike days there will be pickets 7-10am at Fujitsu, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP. Additional campaign activities will be announced.

These strike days will be used to escalate the action and increase the pressure on the company to make an offer on pay, pensions and job security which is acceptable to members. The last quarter of the financial year is a vital period for the company, so action can be particularly effective.

The ongoing action short of strike continues:

  • Refusal to undertake time recording (e.g. SST) or forecasting (e.g. MyTime)
  • Work to rule and withdrawal of goodwill
  • Ban on overtime
  • Refusal to cooperate with or participate in projects to move work offshore, including knowledge transfer

One of the key issues in dispute is job security.  This includes ensuring the company abides by its existing agreements (which they have already broken with regards to Lynne Hodge’s job) and the need for improved redundancy terms. Not only are our agreements and better redundancy terms beneficial for anyone made redundant, they act as an incentive to retrain and redeploy people rather than making redundancies, and help encourage volunteers rather than compulsory redundancies. Retraining / redeployment and seeking volunteers are all specified in Annex 1, but the company has been loath to discuss them in the consultations so far.

Whilst members have already won better redundancy payments in Manchester than elsewhere in the company, they have been eroded over the years and are now inadequate for the majority of the Manchester workforce.

The more people who join in the action the more effective it is. You can take part even if you are not a union member, though only members are eligible for financial support. The financial support for members has been excellent – payment has been prompt, no requests for additional support from members taking an active part in the action have been turned down, and nobody has been unable to participate in the action for financial reasons. Your reps expect to be able to continue this level of support. Details of how to donate are here.

By taking part in the industrial action including the action short of strike you will lead to a better outcome for employees from the Agenda 2020 job cuts as well as the issues already in dispute.

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

Strike days announced so far are:

  • Wed 24 – Fri 26 Jan 2018
  • Tue 30 Jan 2018
  • Thu 8 Feb – Wed 14 Feb 2018
  • Thu 22 Feb
  • Sat 24- Wed 28 Feb 2018
  • Fri 16 – Wed 21 Mar
  • Thu 29 Mar – Fri 6 Apr 2018

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

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