Support building, next strike tomorrow

Crowd gathering with banners and placards in Piccadilly GardensThe campaign over Fujitsu’s compulsory redundancies, victimisation of union reps, and breaches of agreements has taken several important steps forward.

The third wave of strikes get under way in Manchester with the three-day strike on 24-26 January. Friday saw an impressive joint strike rally alongside Unite strikers from Mears and First Bus Rusholme as well as supporters. People gathered in Piccadilly Gardens and spontaneously marched to the packed rally at the Mechanics Institute.

Speakers from the three disputes were joined by Graham

Photo: Becci Heagney

Stringer, MP for Blackley and Broughton, and

Lynn Collins, secretary of the North-West TUC.

You can watch a video of most of the speeches:

The “Reinstate Ian Allinson” statement (tiny.cc/reinstateian) launched this week is rapidly attracting signatories from across the labour movement pledging to campaign for Ian’s reinstatement and build support and solidarity for the Fujitsu dispute.

We strike again tomorrow (Tuesday 30 January) and supporters are welcome to protest in support of the pickets at Fujitsu, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP between 7-10am.

For more details of how to support us, see our dispute page.

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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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