Workers at Fujitsu in Manchester celebrate 10th anniversary of union recognition tomorrow
19 September 2017
More than 700 of Fujitsu’s Manchester workers will celebrate the 10th anniversary of union recognition at the company’s Central Park site in Newton Heath tomorrow (Wednesday 20 September).
Unite regional officer Sharon Hutchinson said: “The site has seen job losses and 27 days of strike action in the last year, so it is particularly positive to see the celebration of these important agreements with Fujitsu.
“The agreements reached 10 years ago set out how Fujitsu and the union intended to work together. They also included a job security agreement which has been particularly important this year.
“The agreement allows more time for consultation, retraining and redeployment, helping protect jobs and stops the company wasting money on unnecessary redundancies.
“Fujitsu and the workforce should be proud that, despite many job losses since the agreement came in, only one union member, who was contesting their redundancy, has been forced out in 10 years.”
Unite also claims that the agreement has led to Manchester workers receiving significantly better pay increases than the rest of the UK’s Fujitsu’s workforce of more than 10,000, where most employees don’t enjoy the benefits of union recognition.
Employees will be celebrating the birthday in the traditional manner by having birthday cake in the workplace canteen and (non-alcoholic) bubbly.
Notes to editors:
Fujitsu employs about 10,000 people in the UK delivering IT services to government and major companies.
Pictures of birthday activities (and older pictures) will be available from Facebook (www.facebook.com/UniteAtFujitsu) and Twitter https://twitter.com/unitefujitsu @UniteFujitsu
For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065
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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.