Protesters held a demonstration this morning (23 February) outside Fujitsu’s offices in Manchester. They are accusing the company of using the cover of redundancies to get rid of workers who blew the whistle on unethical and possibly illegal company behaviour.
The protest coincided with a visit to the site by Duncan Tait, head of Fujitsu Europe, Middle East, India, Africa and the Americas and many other senior managers and HR.
On 12 January 2018 Fujitsu dismissed a Unite representative. Before the dismissal whistleblowers raised extremely serious and damaging issues with the company which the union is compiling. Union reps have previously been targeted with spurious disciplinary allegations for legitimate union activity.
Unite national officer Louisa Bull said: “Unite believes that Fujitsu is trying to silence whistleblowers by dismissing some, and showing that it can make compulsory redundancies even when these are in breach of its agreements, employees’ contracts or the law.
“Taxpayers and clients need to know what is going on at Fujitsu, those blowing the whistle should not be sacked.
“Unite is demanding transparency and the reinstatement of our union representative. It is also time to end the unfair targeting of Unite members fighting for their jobs and for Fujitsu to adhere to its own agreements and ethical standards.”
Protesters handed out a leaflet explaining the serious allegations:
For more information about the dispute and how to support us, see tiny.cc/fujitsudispute.