Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

March 06, 2007 05:22 ET

Fujitsu workers take their fight to Parliament

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 6, 2007) - Manchester workers at Fujitsu, an IT services company, are taking their dispute to Parliament on Wednesday 7th March to defend their redundancy rights, union recognition and fight for better pay.

Amicus members will be making representations to local MPs in Westminster and handing in a petition signed by 500 people to the Employment Relations Minister, Jim Fitzpatrick at the Department of Trade and Industry.

The Manchester members will resume industrial action on the same day and further strike action is scheduled from Monday 12th March until Wednesday 14th March. Action short of a strike involving the withdrawal of goodwill commenced on 22nd December and is still ongoing.

Amicus says that the pressure from the campaign re-opened talks with Fujitsu management and the Arbitration Conciliation and Advisory Service (ACAS) on Monday 19th February. However, Fujitsu have now refused to go ahead with further talks scheduled for Friday 9th March.

Amicus' Regional Secretary for the North West and Deputy General Secretary, Graham Goddard, said:
"We were hopeful that further talks with ACAS would put an end to the ongoing dispute and avoid further industrial action.

"Our petition is urging the Government to ensure that Fujitsu and other suppliers of goods and services to central government adopt high ethical standards in dealing with their workers.

"Our members deserve better treatment than this and have no alternative but to resume their strike to defend their redundancy rights, union recognition and fight for better pay."

Members staged successful strike action for two days in February, five days in January and one day in November.

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 GBP 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.

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

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    Terry Thompson
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