Today Ian Tonks, our Unite National Officer, along with reps Ian Allinson, Matt Whaley and Kevin Davies, met with Fujitsu representatives John Vickerman, Tim Cowell and Steve Hammond. The meeting was mainly around the key issues in our national dispute:
- Jobs – saving them, avoiding compulsory redundancies
- Union Recognition – all members should be able to opt-in to the bargaining unit, particularly in light of the company’s termination of Fujitsu Voice
- Pay and Pensions – compensation for over-60s who have had their pensions retrospectively slashed, becoming an accredited Living Wage employer, and tackling Reward inequality
Though the meeting was constructive and both parties stressed their willingness to talk again, no material progress was made that would have justified delaying the industrial action ballot, given the timescale of proposed job cuts and impending legislation that would make a successful conclusion to the dispute more difficult.
Unite has now issued notice of the national industrial action ballot to Fujitsu which you can read, along with a sample ballot paper, on the intranet. The official notice to members is below. The notices will also be displayed on the union noticeboards at Central Park.
The voting period will be quite short so please return your ballot paper, which is sent by post, promptly as soon as you receive it. Look out for updates – important information will be sent out over the coming week.
If you change address, will be leaving Fujitsu prior to 28 February, expect to be off work or posted outside the UK throughout the twelve-week period from 28 February, please inform email@example.com the details as soon as possible.
UNITE THE UNION
Fujitsu Services Limited
NOTICE TO MEMBERS OF FORTHCOMING INDUSTRIAL ACTION BALLOT
The Union intends to conduct a ballot for industrial action of all members employed by Fujitsu Services Limited.
Voting papers will be sent out on Friday 10th February 2017. If you have not received a voting paper by Wednesday 15th February you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org IMMEDIATELY.
The names of the members to be balloted are available from via (email@example.com) from Tuesday 7th February. If you are entitled to vote in the ballot please check that you are on the list and that your address is accurately recorded.
If you know anyone who is away from work at the moment but who should be included in the ballot, please give his/ her name to firstname.lastname@example.org so that your reps can check whether your colleague should be sent a voting paper.