Fujitsu dispute continues to escalate

Following 17 days of strike action since 24 January, Unite’s dispute at Fujitsu continues to escalate.

Unite has announced the next 15 strike days for employees in the Manchester bargaining unit:

  • Fri 16 March – Wed 21 March 2018 (6 days)
  • Thu 29 March – Fri 6 April 2018 (9 days including the Easter bank holiday weekend)

For the latest information and resources, including how to support us, always check tiny.cc/fujitsudispute.

Unite believes that Fujitsu is trying to silence whistleblowers by dismissing some and by showing that it can make compulsory redundancies even when these are unjustified and in breach of its agreements, employees’ contracts or the law.

Strikers braved atrocious weather to keep the pickets going and take support to UCU members on strike at universities over their pensions.

Snowman with Unite flag and placard reading "Fujitsu: stop attacking whistleblowers"

Fujitsu strikers holding "Solidarity with UCU strikers #FujitsuFightback" posters with UCU university picketsIf the “Beast from the East” can’t stop us, Fujitsu certainly won’t.

The escalation is about more than strike days though. The new phase of the campaign was launched with a big protest outside Fujitsu’s Manchester site when senior management paid a visit on Friday 23 February.

The message was delivered again on Tuesday 27 February with a protest outside Fujitsu’s “Executive Discussion Evening” in London:

Protesters with Unite flag and banners "Fujitsu: what have you got to hide?"As if determined to reinforce the message of the protest about Fujitsu trying to silence whistleblowers, Fujitsu’s response was to call in their head of security and the police rather than address the issues:

Police car and vanComputerWorld UK carried a long article about the dispute “What’s behind the strike wave at Fujitsu Services?

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  1. […] on a long struggle to defend whistleblowers and other union members being victimised by management, staff at the Manchester site are currently out on strike until Wednesday 21st March, and will then b… Similarly, workers at United Utilities in the North-West walked out on Friday and will be staying […]

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'Fujitsu Whistleblower' hotline. Concerned about unethical or illegal practices? Contact the hotline on 0800 852 7479 or fujitsu.whistleblowers@unitetheunion.org. It is run by Unite the Union and your identity will be kept strictly confidential. Don't let Fujitsu silence whistleblowers.

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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