This morning members braved cold and damp weather on the picket lines as part of the campaign for pay, pensions and job security.
Other strikers are busy campaigning on the phone from home over the 1800 UK job cuts and the attempt to extend union recognition beyond Manchester in response to Fujitsu’s termination of its UK works council “Fujitsu Voice”. Terminating the works council stripped employees of vital rights just at the time we need them most. Employees outside Manchester often feel it is unfair that they get treated so much worse than Manchester staff. This feeling is justified – some staff without union recognition face redundancy in mid-February, but the agreements Manchester staff have won mean no redundancies can take place there until at least April. The reason Manchester staff get treated better is because they have been prepared to fight to secure and defend agreements which improve their rights.
Having packed up the picket strikers are now campaigning at Salford’s Media City. Fujitsu is currently bidding for hundreds of millions of pounds worth of business with the BBC.
The strike continues Friday and Monday, with pickets at Central Park. On Friday a group of strikers will also be taking the campaign to the Post Office (another Fujitsu customer) in Chesterfield. Check this site for updates on the plans for Monday’s strike.