Amicus union members at Fujitsu Manchester plan nine more strike days.
The first strike on Wednesday of this week was due to see visits to parliament and 10 Downing Street.
Talks at the arbitration service Acas last month resulted in no positive movement from the company, despite the union cancelling one proposed strike.
A members’ meeting on 1 March set dates for alternate three-day and one-day strikes over the next five weeks, totalling nine more strike days before Easter, on top of eight strike days already taken.
The dispute is over the company breaking agreements on union recognition, redundancy, redeployment and pay.
As the government is Fujitsu Services’ biggest customer, strikers planned to travel to London on Wednesday this week to present a petition calling on the government to ensure suppliers behave ethically.
Amicus expects this to be followed up by a debate in parliament about the dispute next week.
Strikers plan to continue protests at Fujitsu’s customers on the one-day strikes, having already protested outside the Marks & Spencer store in Manchester and other workplaces, such as Orange and Tesco.
Saturday 17 March has been set as a national day of protest targeting one Fujitsu customer, which has yet to be announced.
During the three-day strikes, Amicus plans to send teams of strikers around the country to leaflet other Fujitsu offices, few of which have union recognition yet.
On Wednesday 14 March, striking Fujitsu workers will take part in an Organising for Fighting Unions rally in Manchester.
During the dispute, Fujitsu launched disciplinary action against Ian Allinson, the Amicus senior rep. After long delays, the company did not find Ian guilty, but Amicus says the company has imposed various sanctions anyway, including slashing the time Ian has to work on behalf of staff. Amicus sees this as part of the overall attack on the union and employee rights.
It is very important that Amicus backs the strikers all the way and provides sufficient funds to maintain the action.
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