Unite members working for the IT giant Fujitsu at sites across the UK are on strike today (Monday 27 March) over plans to axe one in five jobs and cuts to pensions as they battle to gain union recognition.
Today sees the fourth day of strike action involving workers at sites in Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham, Bracknell, Crewe, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield and Warrington.
Accusing Fujitsu of keeping workers in the dark, Unite called on the company to enter meaningful negotiations and share its business case for axing and offshoring 1,800 jobs.
Unite also urged the firm to drop an investigation into employee representatives for setting up a job pairing scheme aimed at reducing the number of compulsory redundancies.
Fujitsu is highly profitable in the UK making £85.6 million profit in the last financial year. Unite argues that an ill-considered move to cut and offshore jobs jeopardises the viability of the existing business and runs contrary to its image as a ‘responsible business.’
The previous three days of strikes which took place on 28 February, 17 and 24 March, drew strong support and impacted on service delivery to customers.
Commenting Unite national officer Ian Tonks said: “The previous three days of strike action saw strong support from workers determined to stand up for their jobs and livelihoods.
“The way Fujitsu is treating its workforce and keeping them in the dark over its plans for the future is contemptable. This is a workforce that has worked hard to make Fujitsu in the UK highly profitable, yet their reward is job cuts and pension cuts, while the company frustrates Unite’s attempts to minimise compulsory redundancies.
“Fujitsu needs to start seriously engaging with Unite to avoid further industrial action and its reputation as a ‘responsible business’ being damaged.”
Fujitsu workers are looking for the following commitments from the company:
- Job security – significantly improved redundancy payments / redeployment efforts, conduct meaningful consultation.
- Pensions - Restoration of the retrospective cut in pensions.
- Living Wage - The company to become a Living Wage Accredited employer.
- Recognition – Recognition of Unite the Union to represent all employees who want it.
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.