Support strikers as Len McCluskey writes to Fujitsu Japan

Last week Unite’s General Secretary Len McCluskey wrote to Fujitsu’s global president, Tatsuya Tanaka. The full letter is here. Len McCluskey says:

Despite pressure from within my own organisation I have instructed that there be no serious escalation in our activity. However, if as has been the case to date, we are unable to resolve the issues directly with Fujitsu management, we will have no choice but to bring our concerns to the attention of other stakeholders. This could include Fujitsu; customers, competitors, shareholders, analysts, commentators, partners, suppliers, governments and regulators.

Fujitsu workers in Manchester are currently taking a 9-day strike, having previously taken 50 strike days. They are fighting against victimisation of union reps (including Ian Allinson who was dismissed in January) compulsory redundancies, and breaches of agreements.

Protesters with flags outside Japanese embassyOn Thursday 5 April protesters will be taking the message about Fujitsu’s unethical and possibly illegal behaviour to the Japanese embassy in London. Please join the protest if you can. Full details are on tiny.cc/fujitsudispute or on the Facebook event.

On Friday 6 April strikers and supporters will be protesting outside Fujitsu’s offices in Manchester between 7-10am. There will be a rally around 8:30am. Full details are on tiny.cc/fujitsudispute or on the Facebook event.

On Friday 13 April at 7:30pm supporters have organised a solidarity fundraising gig at the Woolworths Club, Gipsy Lane, Castleton, OL11 3HA. There will be live music from Gerry O & Friends. £5 on door, all welcome. [Facebook event].

For more information on the dispute and how to support us, see tiny.cc/fujitsudispute.

Image of leaflet for the fundraising gig

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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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