Fujitsu strikes – rally tomorrow

Crowd with banners #FujitsuFightback No Compulsory Redundancies, Victimising Reps, Breaking AgreementsFujitsu Manchester has started its strike action and action short of strike with a 3-day strike 24-26 January.

Tomorrow, Friday 26 January, strikers from Fujitsu will join strikers from Mears / Manchester Working and First Bus at a lunchtime rally. As well as activists from the three long-running disputes, speakers include Graham Stringer MP and Lynn Collins, secretary of the North-West TUC. (Press release, Facebook event).

Some of us are gathering in Piccadilly Gardens at 12:00 to walk together to the rally at 12:30 in the Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD (entrance on Major St). Come and show your support.

The Fujitsu dispute is over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps, and breaches of redundancy agreements.

One of the reps fighting victimisation is Ian Allinson, dismissed on 12 January after 30 years’ service including 26 as a union rep. A “Reinstate Ian Allinson” statement has been launched which is collecting signatures from across the labour movement. Read the statement and add your name via

For more information about the dispute and how to support us see our dispute page.

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Supporters rally as Ian Allinson is dismissed (updated)

Thanks to everyone who turned out today for the show of support as Ian Allinson (the chair of Unite, Fujitsu UK)  was dismissed under the pretext of redundancy. Current and former colleagues were joined by strikers from Mears/Manchester Working and First Bus, the Hazards campaign, Manchester TUC, UNISON, PCS and more. Given that the event was organised at less than 48 hours’ notice the turnout was encouraging for the ongoing campaign.

Crowd with flags and banners

Fujitsu Unite rep Kevin Davies, Billy Sinclair from Mears and Hilda Palmer from Hazards paid tribute to Ian’s contribution to the trade union movement in Fujitsu and beyond.

Unite Fujitsu rep Kevin Davies addresses the rallyBilly from the Mears strike addresses the rally

Hilda Palmer from Hazards addresses rally

Ian Allinson speaking at the rallyIan then addressed the gathering, reminding people that he was one of six members fighting to stay in Fujitsu, and the fourth of these to be dismissed. The majority of the six are ethnic minority, the majority are disabled, and two are union reps. Fujitsu had dismissed the first two despite there being jobs available in their department which other members had turned down. One of these, Saj Patel, was dismissed before the company investigated her grievance (in breach of agreements) – she had complained of sexual harassment and claimed this was linked to her selection for redundancy. The third member was told on Thursday 28th December that he was being dismissed on Sunday 31st December. Ian had found out that he was being dismissed on Tuesday while on compassionate leave for a family funeral.

Ian argued that the attack on the union – victimising reps and breaking agreements – isn’t an accident. It is intended to make it easier for Fujitsu to push through job cuts and other detrimental changes in future, and to make it harder for staff to get their share of any of the settlement of the NHS contract dispute, which is expected in the next three months and could be hundreds of millions of pounds.

There’s a video of the rally here:

As part of the campaign against compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps, and breaches of agreements, Fujitsu Manchester strikes have already been called for:

  • Wed 24 – Fri 26 Jan 2018
  • Tue 30 Jan 2018
  • Thu 8 Feb – Wed 14 Feb 2018

Whether or not the campaign is successful in winning his own reinstatement, Ian argued that it is vital that Fujitsu learns that victimising reps is an experience it never wanted to repeat. Ian ended his speech warning that Fujitsu should “expect the unexpected”.

Ian and other Fujitsu workers will be attending the fundraising gig for the Mears strikers on Sunday.

For details of how to support the Unite @ Fujitsu campaign, including an updated appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to the strike fund, see our dispute page.

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Fujitsu strikes called. Ian Allinson to be dismissed on Friday.

Industrial action ballot result – Fujitsu Services Limited, Manchester bargaining unit

Thanks to everyone who voted in the industrial action ballot. The official announcement of the result is here on the intranet. In summary:

Are you prepared to take part in strike action? Yes 54.9%, No 45.1%, Spoilt papers 0
Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike? Yes 71.8%, No 28.2%, Spoilt papers 0
Turnout 55%

This is a clear result in favour of both strike action and action short of strike. The turnout was very good given the disruption caused by the Christmas holidays.

Ian’s dismissal

Fujitsu has already dismissed three of the six members who are fighting against compulsory redundancy. On Tuesday, while he was on compassionate leave for a family funeral, Fujitsu sent Ian Allinson a letter telling him that he will be dismissed this Friday (12 January) after more than 30 years’ service, including 26 as a union rep. Despite having an outstanding internal job application which Fujitsu has not responded to, the company is not allowing Ian to work his notice.

Given that the fight for the six jobs is not over, Ian is not organising a leaving do, but would welcome members joining him for a drink at Sunday’s solidarity gig:

Unite members at Mears / Manchester Working are striking over pay each Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri after continuous strikes over Xmas. They have organised a “band aid do” musical fundraiser 2-8pm on Sunday 14 Jan (Facebook event) at the White House Club, 193 Middleton Road, Crumpsall, M8 4JZ. This is right by the Bowker Vale Metrolink stop.

There will also be a show of support as Ian leaves site, gathering outside the front of Central Park at 1pm on Friday. (Facebook event)

Action called

Following the ballot result Unite has issued notice of industrial action in line with strike dates selected by reps in line with the decisions of the recent members’ meeting.

We are fighting over:

  • Compulsory redundancies
  • Victimisation of union reps
  • Breaches of redundancy agreement, including appeals and grievance procedures

Unite has called on members employed by Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester Bargaining Unit to take the following action:

Discontinuous strike action:

  • From 00:01 on Wednesday 24th January 2018 to 23:59 on 26th January 2018
  • From 00:01 on Tuesday 30th January 2018 a 24 hour stoppage
  • From 00:01 on Thursday 8th February 2018 to 23:59 on 14th February 2018

From 00:01 on Wednesday 24th January 2018 to 23:59 on 17th April 2018, continuous action short of strike consisting of:

  • refusal to cooperate with, or participate in projects to move work offshore, including knowledge transfer
  • refusal to undertake time recording (eg SST) or forecasting (eg MyTime)
  • Work to Rule/Withdrawal of Goodwill consisting of refusal to undertake tasks which fall outside of the specific tasks listed in members’ job descriptions

All employees in the bargaining unit are entitled to participate in the action, whether or not they are members, and irrespective of if or how they voted in the ballot.

For more information see our Q&A on the dispute. Look out for emails with further details of arrangements for strike days – participation will be key.


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‘Discrimination’ of union reps and company backtrack on deal means Fujitsu facing further strike action

Below is a copy of Unite’s latest press release. For details of how to support us, see our Fujitsu Dispute page.

‘Discrimination’ of union reps and company backtrack on deal means Fujitsu facing further strike action

15 December 2017

Up to 300 Unite members in Manchester are to vote on further strike action at IT giant Fujitsu in one of the longest running industrial disputes in the UK.

The ballot comes after the failure of talks between Duncan Tait, Fujitsu’s head of Americas, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa and Len McCluskey, Unite’s general secretary where the union was seeking to halt the redundancy process for six members, and to address concerns that the company is discriminating against active union members.

The two met last week to discuss the issues facing members and the company. Len McCluskey asked Fujitsu to pause the redundancies of members fighting to stay and the victimisation of union reps.

Duncan Tait agreed that the redundancy processes for the six members would be paused for five/six weeks to allow time for discussions to try to find options for the six members but later this commitment was withdrawn.

Unite says that Fujitsu has reneged on this commitment by dismissing Mrs Saj Patel, who had over 17 years’ service with the company, with almost no warning.

The union argues that the dismissal breaks existing agreements because her grievance over her redundancy had not been heard. According to the union, part of that grievance was a complaint that her redundancy is linked to a pattern of bullying and sexual harassment and that Fujitsu has rushed to dismiss her rather than investigating her allegations properly.

The union says that at least three jobs in her department have been turned down by colleagues but not been offered to her.

Unite national officer for the IT sector Louisa Bull said: “This union has worked tirelessly to reach a reasonable and fair solution to this dispute.

“However, not only does the company not want to listen, it has backtracked on commitments and its treatment of union representatives is highly alarming and discriminatory.

“It looks now as if we are heading for further industrial action because this union will never accept this sort of behaviour from an employer.

“There are real and concerning problems in terms of how Fujitsu treats its workers, including those who have given years of loyal service. This mistreatment, allied to the company’s refusal to engage constructively, is causing the chances of a negotiated solution to recede by the day.

“We urge the company to think again and work with us to settle this dispute.”

According to Unite, a majority of the six are from an ethnic minority and a majority have a disability. The six include Ian Allinson and Denis Morris, two of the Unite representatives who the union claims are being unfairly victimised for their union activity.

Another, Lynne Hodge, is not currently at risk of redundancy but Unite says that Fujitsu’s HR department is blocking implementation of an agreed resolution and have told colleagues not to work with her.

According to the union, Fujitsu promised employee representatives information about the equality impact of the redundancies, but are now keeping this secret. This follows allegations of discrimination in previous Fujitsu redundancy programmes.

Last week workers staged protests in Manchester against Mrs Patel’s dismissal and in London against the victimisation of Ian Allinson. Over 2,100 people have signed an online petition against the victimisation of union reps at Fujitsu.

Union members have voted in a consultative ballot that they are prepared to take strike action and Unite is running a statutory ballot of Manchester members which closes on 10 January. This follows 27 days of strike action over the last year.


Notes to editors:

Fujitsu employs nearly 8,000 people in the UK delivering IT services to government and major companies.

Petition against victimisations:

For pictures and further information about the dispute see, Facebook ( and Twitter

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065


Twitter: @unitetheunion Facebook: unitetheunion1 Web:

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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Fujitsu Your Forum UK works council elections open tomorrow

Fujitsu Services Limited employees in the UK should receive an email tomorrow (Friday 15th Dec) from the Electoral Reform Services (ERS, with details on how to vote for your “Your Forum” representative(s). If you do not receive the voting email by Monday, then please let us know by clicking here.

For more information, including an explanation of why this election is important and why you should vote for union-backed candidates, see

Please try to vote as soon as you get the email from ERS. Please let your reps know when you’ve voted in the Your Forum elections using the Unite email notice.

Please put the following union-backed candidate(s) top of your list in the recommended order, then vote for as many of the other candidates as you want.

Constituency Candidates
BAS – Application Transformation 1. Joe Harrison
2. Tony Davies
BAS – Enterprise Applications 1. Adam Leonard
BAS – Other
C&C and Legal & Commercial 1. Jonathan Jenner
2. Helen Kerr
3. Chris Pratt
Enterprise & Cyber Security  
EPS 1. Sarah Skelding
2. Andy Taylor
Finance 1. Andy Slater
Marketing, Global and Other 1. Mike Efstathiou
MIS – CSM 1. Matt Whaley
2. David Ibbotson
3. Daniel Burrows
MIS – Hybrid IT 1. Eoin Byrne
2. Arthur Spence
3. Nick Parlow
4. Frank Gawthorpe
MIS – Program & Project Services 1. John Garvani
2. Stephen Lowe
3. Ian Allinson
MIS – Service Desks and Other
MIS – TMS 1. Colin Wray
Operations 1. Pauline Bradburn
2. Carl Langley
3. Patricia Stevens
4. Sarah English
Products 1. Lewin Cox


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Notice of Fujitsu Manchester industrial action ballot

Following the vote in the recent consultative ballot and Fujitsu reneging on its promise to pause the dismissals of the six members fighting their redundancy, Unite has now issued notice of the industrial action ballot to Fujitsu which you can read, along with a sample ballot paper, on the intranet. The official notice to members is below. The notices will also be displayed on the union noticeboards at Central Park.

The voting period is over the Christmas period and new legislation invalidates the result unless we achieve a turnout of at least 50% so please return your ballot paper, which is sent by post, promptly, as soon as you receive it. Look out for updates – important information will be sent out over the coming week.

The issues covered by this ballot are:

  • Compulsory Redundancies of Unite members trying to stay in Fujitsu
  • Victimisation of Unite representatives
  • Breaches of redundancy agreement including appeals and grievance procedures

Ballot papers will be posted out on Wednesday 20 December 2017. To count, votes must be received by noon on Wednesday 10 January 2018.

If you change address, know you will be leaving Fujitsu prior to 24 January 2018, expect to be off work or posted outside the UK throughout any twelve-week period from 24 January, please reply with the details as soon as possible.

Don’t forget the lunchtime members’ call 12:30-13:30 tomorrow (Thursday 14th) which will provide further information about the ballot and allow members to ask questions.


Fujitsu Services Limited


The Union intends to conduct a ballot for industrial action of all members employed by Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit.

Voting papers will be sent out on Wednesday 20th December 2017. If you have not received a voting paper by Friday 29th December you should contact IMMEDIATELY.

The names of the members to be balloted are available from our membership secretary (via from Friday 15th December. If you are entitled to vote in the ballot please check that you are on the list and that your address is accurately recorded.

If you know anyone who is away from work at the moment but who should be included in the ballot, please give his/ her name to so that your reps can check whether your colleague should be sent a voting paper.

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Fujitsu consultative ballot results

On Friday afternoon Unite opened an email consultative ballot over the following issues:

  • Stop the redundancies of the members fighting to stay
  • Stop victimising our reps

It was emphasised that members should vote exactly as they would vote in a statutory postal ballot, otherwise your reps cannot take into account members’ views when deciding on next steps.

Members were asked “Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of a strike and action short of strike?”

The ballot closed at 2pm yesterday and the results were:

Turnout Yes No
Manchester 50.4% 64.2% 35.8%
UK including Manchester 37.9% 59.3% 40.7%

These results are a powerful message to Fujitsu – not only with a clear vote in favour of industrial action but a remarkably high turnout in just two working days.

Unite reps and officers are discussing next steps in light of members’ views.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have voted for more industrial action over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Strike days announced so far are:

  • Wed 24 – Fri 26 Jan 2018
  • Tue 30 Jan 2018
  • Thu 8 Feb – Wed 14 Feb 2018
  • Thu 22 Feb
  • Sat 24- Wed 28 Feb 2018
  • Fri 16 – Wed 21 Mar
  • Thu 29 Mar – Fri 6 Apr 2018

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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