Fujitsu plans to dismiss a Unite member in Manchester today, having given her just 48 hours’ warning, despite her having an outstanding grievance over her redundancy – in breach of the Manchester agreements.
In less than a day Manchester members pulled together a protest yesterday. Unite reps and officers are working hard to get her dismissal stopped.
She is one of six members who have been selected for redundancy and are fighting to stay in the company, using the appeal/grievance processes. All these members are in the Manchester bargaining unit. A majority of the six are from an ethnic minority and a majority have a disability. One has complained of sexual harassment. The six include Ian Allinson and Denis Morris, two of the Unite Reps who are being unfairly victimised for their union activity. Rep Lynne Hodge is not currently at risk of redundancy but the company has still not implemented the agreed resolution, after stopping her doing most of her job in May 2016 and telling colleagues not to work with her.
On Monday Len McCluskey met Duncan Tait. Your reps expect to issue an update from this meeting later this week.