Manchester members’ accept settlement to local dispute

This afternoon Manchester members voted to accept a company offer to resolve their long-running local dispute over pay, pensions and job security.

The settlement does not cover all the issues that were in dispute, some of which are also national issues. It does include:

  • A strong “no recrimination or detriment” clause protecting employees who took part in the industrial action, including refusal to undertake time recording and time forecasting
  • Backdated pay increases beyond the “pay pot”, so the overall spend is estimated at 1.67%, compared to 1.3% spent where employees do not have collective bargaining
  • 1.5% to be spent entirely on a Cost of Living increase comprised of a £350 underpin or, where larger, a percentage increase estimated at 1.46%.
  • Measures to protect rep Lynne Hodge after the company broke agreements by trying to take her job off her
  • Commitment to discuss reward and equality, with a timescale

Though falling short of what members originally aimed for, members’ action has won an agreement which represents significant progress compared to previous offers, and compared to the treatment of staff who don’t yet have union recognition and collective bargaining. No doubt with higher participation we could have won even more.

Next steps:

  1. The industrial action in Fujitsu Manchester is now formally ended
  2. If you took part in strike action, please claim your strike pay / dispute benefit now (details circulated to members)
  3. Please speak to your manager about whether you should update relevant systems (e.g. SST) retrospectively
  4. Reps will sign the new agreement and the new Manchester Pay And Benefits Agreement
  5. Reps are working with the company to get the pay increases implemented as quickly as possible
  6. Some of the unresolved issues can still be pursued through the national campaign
  7. Keep wearing your campaign t-shirts on Fridays, to raise the profile of the campaign
  8. Talk to your colleagues about the issues, and encourage them to join
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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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