November 29, 2006 08:23 ET

Fujitsu workers suspend strike action

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 29, 2006) - Amicus members working at Fujitsu, an IT services company, in Manchester have decided to suspend strike action planned for Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December to try and resolve their dispute over redundancy rights, union recognition and better pay.

Amicus and Fujitsu management have agreed to begin talks with the Arbitration, Conciliation and Advisory Service (ACAS) on Thursday 30th November in an attempt to settle the dispute and avoid further strike action.

Amicus says that union members will meet at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) before Christmas to decide if they accept any offers from the talks. They have warned though that unless an acceptable offer is made further strikes may take place and that the ongoing action involving withdrawal of goodwill will continue until the dispute is settled.

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

"Our members have agreed to call off strike action scheduled for the next couple of days and hope that the meeting with ACAS can resolve the dispute and avoid any further industrial action.

"We have received fantastic results in terms of membership support and strength of the union, including support from the labour and trade union movement and importantly the general public. Our goal is to secure a settlement that recognises the union's stance for better pay and fair treatment on union recognition, redundancy and redeployment."

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 GBP150m 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.


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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