Fujitsu action escalates as staff back Unite candidates in election

Action plans – further strike days

The industrial action is already biting, having a real impact on the company in a number of areas. Tomorrow some of our reps and Unite National Officer are meeting the company to see if the company is willing to make an offer to resolve the dispute which could then be put to members. We are campaigning:

  • To save jobs, avoid Compulsory Redundancies and improve redundancy pay
  • For all employees to have the right to union recognition, especially now our Voice has been removed
  • For compensation for employees whose pensions were retrospectively slashed; to tackle pay inequality; and for Fujitsu to become an accredited Living Wage employer

Given that the company has only allowed 90 minutes for tomorrow’s meeting, it seems unlikely that an offer will be forthcoming on the day, but hopefully some progress can be made.

Thanks to all the members who fed in their thoughts on future action to keep the pressure up. Key considerations were:

  • Fujitsu has started making members redundant, and more job losses are planned over the coming weeks, so we need to win quickly if we are to benefit as many members as possible, rather than allowing the dispute to drag on
  • We are now over 4 weeks into the 12 week period of maximum protection for members taking industrial action
  • We have to give the company at least two weeks’ notice of industrial action. Action can be suspended at short notice, but cannot be called at short notice.

Following consultation with members your elected Combine Committee asked Unite to call further industrial action, which has now been notified to the company as follows:

  • Thursday 13th April
  • Thursday 20th April
  • Friday 21st April
  • Monday 24th April

The continuous action is also ongoing until further notice:

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

Details of how to claim your dispute benefit were sent out again on Tuesday.

Union members elected to negotiate Fujitsu Voice replacement

Fujitsu terminated Fujitsu Voice and the associated redundancy agreement in January, stripping staff of vital rights before the redundancies took effect. Staff recently elected reps to a Special Negotiating Body (SNB) which will negotiate a replacement.

The results of the election reinforce the widespread support amongst staff – whether union members or not, for Fujitsu Voice and the role that union members played in making it as effective as possible. Staff elected union members to nine out of the ten seats and former Fujitsu Voice reps to seven out of the ten seats.

It remains to be seen whether the company will enter these negotiations in good faith to produce a good quality agreement or stick as closely as they can to the bare legal minimum.

There is no guarantee that the new body will cover vital issues such as redundancy, pay and benefits. The only way staff can be sure of having a real say on these issues is to win union recognition. As well as being part of our current industrial action, any employee (member or non-member) can register their support for union recognition and collective bargaining via www.ourunion.org.uk/voiceless. If enough employees do this in a particular part of the company, they can win union recognition. Wouldn’t it be better if everyone had the rights that Manchester staff have already won?

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK are fighting over job security, for union recognition, against victimisation of reps, and over pay and pensions. Members nationally took industrial from 28 February including 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike, after 12 days of local strikes in Manchester.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED but members have voted by 92% to reject a company offer.

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

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