November 17, 2006 07:32 ET

Amicus gives notice of industrial action at Fujitsu

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 17, 2006) - More than 300 Amicus members working at Fujitsu, an IT services company, in Manchester are scheduled to begin industrial action on Monday (20th November) to defend their redundancy rights, union recognition and fight for better pay.

Amicus say 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 GBP 150m in 2005-6.

Amicus members will take strike action on Monday 20th November 2006. Amicus has also given notice to the company of withdrawal of goodwill from that day.

The union is angry that workers are being denied benefits of union recognition agreements denying them representation, as well as cutting their rights to a 90-day consultation before redundancy and their redundancy payments.

Ian Allinson, Senior Amicus representative at Fujitsu, said:

"Although we challenged the company over similar issues in 2003 and were successful in improving sick pay, holidays and redundancy payments we now find ourselves facing even worse attacks but we are determined to defend our rights."

Graham Goddard, North West Regional Secretary and Deputy General Secretary, said:

"It is disappointing that such a major company is behaving in such a confrontational way towards its own employees who simply want to be treated fairly and with respect. This highlights the need for employees to belong to a union."

Amicus has been successful in defending members' rights at Fujitsu before and have won a variety of improvements including sick pay from day one, extra holidays, improved redundancy payments and negotiated first pay deals for years not only for staff in Manchester but also for existing and new staff throughout the UK following industrial action in 2003.

Amicus has been successful in increasing union membership and organisation across Fujitsu, Manchester as more IT staff join the union to protect their employment rights.
A picket line will be in place on Monday 20th November from 7am. A rally and march will commence from 12.30 p.m.

Photo/Interview Opportunities at 12.30pm on Monday 20th November

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

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