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National backing for Fujitsu industrial action now urgent

by Fujitsu striker
Issue No. 2042

Fujitsu strikers took their demands to Downing Street (Pic: http://www.ourunion.org.uk

Fujitsu strikers took their demands to Downing Street (Pic: www.ourunion.org.uk)


Amicus union members at Fujitsu’s Manchester site restarted strike action and travelled to London on Wednesday of last week to present their case to MPs and ministers.

That included a visit to 10 Downing Street.

Fujitsu is a major supplier of IT services to central government, receiving billions of pounds of public money.

The strikers were complaining that Fujitsu has broken agreements on union recognition, redundancy, redeployment and pay.

Amicus says that recent talks at arbitration service Acas made no progress because the company was merely wasting time.

That Wednesday was the ninth day of strike action during this campaign, and further strikes are planned each week until Easter.

This week staff were to strike from Monday to Wednesday and to join the Organising For Fighting Unions rally in Manchester on Wednesday.

Further strikes are planned for this Saturday, 17 March, Tuesday 20 March, Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 March and Wednesday 4 April.

Amicus members say that although the union should be available for talks at any time, the reps should not suspend the action unless there is tangible evidence of good prospects of success, to avoid further time-wasting.

The Fujitsu strikers have given a magnificent example of defiant struggle. They continue to be united.

But it is urgent that Amicus nationally recognises the central importance of this struggle, especially for recruitment in the IT sector.

It should be made a focus for the entire union.

Specifically Amicus should provide further contributions to the strike fund, confirm dispute benefit for all strike days during this dispute, step up assistance for efforts to organise across Fujitsu and step up assistance for efforts on external campaigning.

Send donations payable to Manchester IT Workers Group to John Wood, 301 Bolton Road, Bury, BL8 2NZ. For further information see www.ourunion.org.uk


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Sat 17 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2042
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