A third wave of strikes at IT giant Fujitsu in Manchester for 48 hours, starting tomorrow (Wednesday 16 November), in the pay, pensions and job security dispute will mar a top international company event.
The strike will coincide with the Fujitsu Forum trade fair in Munich which is expected to attract 14,000 visitors, including senior members of the company’s global management team.
About 300 staff, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will be striking for 48 hours starting from 00:01 tomorrow.
Unite members will be staging picket lines at Fujitsu, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester M40 5BP between 07.00 until 10.00 on each strike day.
Fujitsu is currently planning to cut 1,800 UK jobs - over 18 per cent of its UK workforce. The union said that the company had written to more than 2,500 UK staff this week telling them that their jobs are at risk.
The strike also highlights the 16 per cent gender pay gap that Unite has identified from limited data provided by Fujitsu, which means that women staff are paid an estimated £5,500-a-year less than their male counterparts. There is also a retrospective cut in pensions of up to 15 per cent for many staff who are over 60. Unite’s dossier on pay inequality in Fujitsu.
The strikes have been accompanied by a continuous work to rule, withdrawal of goodwill and ban on overtime which started on 31 October.
Unite regional officer Sharon Hutchinson said: “The third wave of strike action will coincide with the prestigious Fujitsu Forum being held in Germany.
“We hope that the adverse publicity that the 48-hour stoppage will generate will concentrate the minds of the firm’s senior management team that the strikes in Manchester will continue in the run-up to Christmas, unless they engage with their workforce in a constructive manner.
“Fujitsu is a highly profitable and successful company – its main UK subsidiary made £85.6m profit last year and continues to be highly profitable, so there is plenty of scope for the company to be positive in resolving this dispute.”
The company’s major sites include Belfast, Bracknell, Crewe, Londonderry/Derry, London, Manchester, Solihull, Stevenage, Wakefield and Warrington.
Notes to editors:
Fujitsu employs about 10,000 people in the UK delivering IT services to government and major companies.
When Fujitsu implemented the statutory national ‘living wage’, it cut the performance bonuses of staff employed through Fujitsu Services (Engineering Services) Limited, such that their take home pay dropped, a practice that was described as ‘immoral’ by Nick Boles, the then minister responsible for overseeing the national ‘living wage’.
For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures of strike day activities will be available from Facebook (www.facebook.com/UniteAtFujitsu) and Twitter (@UniteFujitsu)
- 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.