January 26, 2007 07:37 ET

Five-Day Fujitsu strike to go ahead next week

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 26, 2007) - Manchester-based workers at Fujitsu, an IT services company, will strike for five days next week after the company refused further talks with the union to secure a reasonable negotiated settlement to the dispute.

Members at the sites concerned are planning continuous strike action from Monday 29th January until Friday 2nd February due to a dispute over redundancy rights, union recognition and better pay. Action short of a strike involving the withdrawal of goodwill recommenced on 22nd December and is still ongoing.

Amicus suspended strike action in December 2006 to allow talks with Fujitsu management and the Arbitration Conciliation and Advisory Service (ACAS) in an attempt to settle the dispute. Amicus says that Fujitsu rejected proposals from both ACAS and the union (including binding arbitration) and chose to walk away from further talks instead.

Amicus' Deputy General Secretary, Graham Goddard, said:
"We are dismayed and saddened that management have refused to hold meaningful talks to settle the dispute. We hope the five-day strike will send a message to Fujitsu that they need to return to negotiations to bring the dispute to an end.

"Amicus is committed to supporting our members to defend their redundancy rights, union recognition and fight for better pay."

Members staged successful strike action for two days earlier this month, which included a rally of members and leafleting other Fujitsu and customer sites locally and across the UK.

Amicus members are fighting to defend their rights against a company that is seeking to worsen pay and conditions and is attacking union recognition. This includes Fujitsu imposing two different pay deals on its workforce in Manchester, delaying pay rises and offering no increase in pay rates for many lower paid jobs. This is despite Fujitsu's reported profits increasing by 46% to Pounds Sterling 150m in 2005-6.

Staff are angry at Fujitsu trying to deny them the benefits of union recognition and representation, and trying to cut their rights to a 90-day consultation before redundancy and their redundancy payment terms.

Amicus members at Fujitsu will gather for a joint union rally with PCS and Unison on Wednesday 31st January at 12.00 pm at Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ. PCS civil servants are striking over jobs, privatisation and pay and Unison community nurses in Manchester are fighting against job cuts. The NHS and civil servants are among Fujitsu's biggest customers.

A picket line will be in place each day outside Fujitsu's Central Park offices from 6.30 am to 10.00 am. Members will be leafleting other Fujitsu sites locally and across the UK throughout the strike week.


Photo/Interview Opportunities

1. At 12.00 pm on Wednesday 31st January 2007.
Methodist Central Hall
Oldham Street
Manchester City Centre
M1 1JQ

2. At 09:30 am on Friday 2nd February 2007.
Central Park,
Northampton Road,
M40 5BP

Notes to Editors:

Fujitsu Services employs over 12,000 people in the UK.
It is a major supplier of outsourced IT services, particularly to UK Central Government

Contact Information

  • Amicus
    Karen Viquerat
    01704 546500 or 07768 931316
    Terry Thompson
    0161 7988976 or 07768 746629