Industrial action suspended, but the #FujitsuFightback goes on

Unite members at Fujitsu Manchester met on Tuesday 17 April 2018 and decided that their fight over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps, and breaches of agreements will continue. All industrial action is currently suspended following the end of the 12-week period of maximum legal protection for strikers. Members had taken 32 days’ of strike action under the most recent ballot, bringing the total to 59.

At the meeting, reps reported back on the progress of the dispute with an update from Louisa Bull (our Unite National Officer). Louisa Bull said she felt it was important that someone from Unite nationally attended the meeting to show support and congratulate members on the efforts they have made in a difficult series of disputes. Len McCluskey sent via Louisa a message of continued support. Louisa also reported that a Japanese union had written to Tanaka-san (Fujitsu President) in support of our dispute and Louisa received a message from the Japanese union to say that Fujitsu Japan were intending to respond to Len’s letter.

The following motion was carried at the meeting:

Today is the end of the 12 weeks of the third wave of industrial action. We congratulate those who took part, in line with the democratic decisions of members. We thank all those who have supported us. However, the actions taken in the “leverage-style” campaigning and the level of participation in the industrial action have not yet been sufficient to secure a settlement.

We believe Fujitsu is making compulsory redundancies even when these are unjustified and in breach of its agreements, employees’ contracts or the law. It is using this to victimise reps and trying to silence whistleblowers.

We are committed to securing a settlement to the dispute in order to protect our union organisation for the future and those affected by the company’s actions.

We call on Unite to support the continuation and escalation of the leverage-style campaign in pursuit of a settlement acceptable to members, as requested by Unite Fujitsu reps in Manchester, Fujitsu reps nationally and as supported by the NISC.

We resolve to redouble our efforts to strengthen union organisation within Fujitsu, to encourage members to stick together, and to play an active part in appropriate campaign activities.

It was agreed to send this motion to the NISC (GPM&IT National Industrial Sector Committee) and Unite General Secretary (Len McCluskey).

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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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