Fujitsu workers in Manchester took their first day of strike action on Monday in their campaign to defend union recognition, redundancy and redeployment rights, and for better pay.
As well as picketing the two workplaces directly involved, Amicus members travelled to Fujitsu sites in Warrington and Wakefield to leaflet staff there. These sites don’t yet have union recognition, but local reps have set up members’ meetings.
Amicus held a lunchtime rally which was addressed by speakers ranging from the chair of Manchester TUC pensioners to the general secretary of the University of Manchester student union.
A march through local streets led to a members’ meeting which heard many messages of support and discussed how the strike day had gone.
It was clear to everyone that the company had prepared for the dispute and hoped to be able to sit it out while trying to divide the workforce.
The dispute is continuing with action short of strike. Members also decided to ask the union to escalate the action with a two-day strike unless a settlement is quickly found.
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