Unite members at Fujitsu Manchester fighting over:
- Compulsory Redundancies
- Victimisation of union reps
- Breaches of redundancy agreement, including appeal and grievance procedures
Industrial action is currently suspended, after 32 strike days following the latest ballot, bringing the total taken by Manchester members to 59. But the fight goes on…
This leaflet explains how 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:
Fujitsu dismissed the first of the six members fighting their redundancies on 6 December, despite there being three jobs available in her department after members turned them down and her having an outstanding grievance complaining of sex discrimination which she says is linked to her selection. Three more have been dismissed since – one was told on Thursday 28 December that he was being dismissed on Sunday 31 December. Fujitsu wrote telling Ian Allinson, chair of Unite @ Fujitsu in the UK, of his dismissal while he was on compassionate leave attending a family funeral. He was dismissed on 12 January without being allowed to work his notice despite having an outstanding internal job application.
You can support members at Fujitsu:
- CANCELLED. Join the protest against Fujitsu’s behaviour 5:30-7pm, Thursday 10 May, Eversheds, One Wood Street, London EC2V 7WS, at the BITC “HR Directors’ Dinner” discussing sexual harassment [Facebook event]
- If you have concerns about unethical or illegal practices in Fujitsu, call the ‘Fujitsu Whistleblowers’ hotline on 0800 852 7479 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is run by Unite the Union and your identity will be kept strictly confidential.
- Send a message of protest to Duncan.Tait@uk.fujitsu.com, copying email@example.com or Unite the Union, Fujitsu MAN34, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP
- Add your name to the “Reinstate Ian Allinson” statement: http://tiny.cc/reinstateian and ask others to sign e.g. your MP
- Donations payable to “Manchester IT Workers Group” can be sent c/o John Wood, 50 Brooklyn Street, Crewe, CW2 7JF. Or transfer online to Account: 00980539, Sort Code: 30-91-48 and email firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
- Follow and promote the campaign on social media using #FujitsuFightback. www.facebook.com/uniteatfujitsu. www.twitter.com/unitefujitsu.
Strike days taken in the latest action: 24, 25, 26, 30 Jan; 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 Feb, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30, 31 Mar; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 April 2018
Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK took industrial action over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions with ongoing action short of strike and strikes during 2017 on 28 February; 17, 24, 27 March; 13, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28 April; 4, 5 , 8, 11, 12 May 2017. This followed 12 days of strike action in Manchester in an earlier dispute.
Industrial action outside Manchester remains suspended until further notice. Amongst other things this means members outside Manchester should complete timesheets normally. Unite is not encouraging members to complete the backlog of timesheets unless an offer is accepted.
Fujitsu has terminated its UK works council and announced 1800 UK job cuts, many of which have already taken place.