Fujitsu Manchester resolution but national escalation?

On Thursday 2 February, Unite members at Fujitsu Manchester will be voting on an offer from the company to resolve the local dispute over job security, pay and pensions. Unite reps are recommending acceptance of the offer, which only covers some of the issues in dispute:

  • An improved offer on the August 2016 Manchester pay review
  • Some protection for Lynne Hodge, the Manchester Unite rep whose job the company had tried to take off her in breach of the Annex 1 agreement
  • A little progress on pay inequality

If the offer is accepted, Unite will end the Manchester industrial action, which is currently suspended.

The offer does not deal with the other issues which formed part of the local dispute, which had started before the announcement of the 1800 UK job cuts.

Meanwhile, Fujitsu Unite reps across the UK have been asking members to vote in a consultative ballot on national industrial action, which closes at 2pm on Monday 30 January. The issues in this consultative ballot are:

  • Job security – including the Agenda 2020 current and future job cuts, adequate consultation periods, higher redundancy pay, the right to replace compulsory redundancies with volunteers, and honouring agreements including using the Fujitsu Voice redundancy framework nationally and Annex 1 for Manchester
  • Union recognition – all members should have the right to join a bargaining unit
  • Pay and benefits – including Fujitsu becoming an accredited Living Wage employer, tackling pay inequality, and the retrospective cuts to the pensions of over-60s

On Friday 3 February the company has agreed to meet with Ian Tonks, the Unite National Officer, alongside a number of the Unite reps. As always, Unite is hoping to resolve the issues without the need for industrial action, but we have to prepare for the worst as well as hoping for the best.

If you are a Unite member employed by Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK and haven’t already cast your vote, please check your email and vote before the consultative ballot closes. Your reps are recommending a YES vote.

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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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