As well as the ongoing strikes and protests to try to secure a successful resolution to the dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions, members have been contacting politicians asking for their help and support.
The General Election coming on 8th June is a great opportunity to ask all the candidates (you can find many of the candidates via https://whocanivotefor.co.uk/) how their policies would help Fujitsu workers, all of which can increase pressure for a good outcome to our dispute. Unite has prepared the following model letter you can send to candidates in your constituency:
I’m writing to you and all the other candidates to ask your views on some key issues affecting me and a number of other constituents. Responses will be collated and made public.
Fujitsu is a major IT supplier to government and the private sector in the UK. Its last accounts reported £85.6m profits here, but an effective tax rate of 0%. Fujitsu is currently cutting 1800 UK jobs through a combination of moving them offshore, automation and outsourcing. For more information on the background see https://ouruniontest.wordpress.com/fujitsu-national-dispute/.
- How would you stop employers, and in particular government suppliers, offshoring jobs to low wage countries?
- How would you ensure workers benefit from automation rather than being made redundant to boost profits?
- How would you protect workers facing outsourcing or TUPE transfers?
- How would you ensure workers are properly consulted about company restructuring or job cuts?
- How would you ensure workers who want union recognition and collective bargaining can get it?
- How would you ensure all workers are decently paid?
- How would you ensure workers and their representatives have access to information they need to prove and stop any discrimination?
- How would you improve protection of workers’ pensions?
- Do you have any other plans to improve workers’ rights or our share of UK wealth?
- How will you support Fujitsu workers’ fight for justice?
Please send the responses you receive to firstname.lastname@example.org so that reps can collate and publish them.
And of course, make sure your own voice is heard in the election:
- Register to vote gov.uk/register-to-vote (you need your National Insurance number, which is on your pay slip, available via Your HR)
- If you aren’t sure you’ll get time to vote on 8 June, apply for a postal vote (by 5pm 18th May in NI, 5pm 23rd May in GB) gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote
- Write to the candidates in your constituency asking their views (see below)
- Remember to vote on 8 June