January 10, 2007 06:12 ET

Fujitsu workers blame company for resumed strike

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 10, 2006) - Amicus members working at Fujitsu, an IT services company, in Manchester have decided to continue strike action tomorrow (Thursday 11th January) and Friday 12th January after the company walked away from talks attempting to end an ongoing dispute over redundancy rights, union recognition and better pay.

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 had been willing to accept the binding arbitration of ACAS but Fujitsu chose to walk away from the talks after rejecting ACAS' proposals.

Members at the site say they have no alternative but to resume industrial action. In addition, action short of a strike involving withdrawal of goodwill commenced on Monday 20th November and is still ongoing.

Amicus' Regional Official, Terry Thompson, said:

"We are disappointed that Fujitsu have walked out on talks with ACAS after rejecting the proposals to try and resolve the dispute and avoid further industrial action.

"Our members our angry that the company have done nothing to help resolve the situation and have no choice but to return to strike action to defend their redundancy rights, union recognition and fight for better pay."

Amicus members staged a successful strike action on Monday 20th November which included a rally of members.

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 £150m in 2005-6.

The union is angry that workers are being denied the benefits of union recognition and representation, as well as having their rights to a 90-day consultation before redundancy and their redundancy payment terms cut.

Members will gather for a rally at 12.30pm on Thursday 11th January at Fujitsu Services, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester M40 5BP.

A picket line will be in place on both days from 7.00 am.

Photo/Interview Opportunities at 12.30pm on Thursday 11th January 2007.

Company address:
Fujitsu Services
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 Press Office
    Karen Viquerat
    01704 546500
    07768 931316
    Amicus Regional Officer
    Terry Thompson
    0161 7988976
    07768 746629