Workers at the Manchester and Crewe offices of IT company Fujitsu held “practice pickets” last week.
That’s how confident they are that they will win their ballot for industrial action over jobs, pay and pensions.
More than 2,000 members of the Unite and PCS unions at Fujitsu sites across the country began their ballot last week.
They are angry that this profitable company wants to close its final salary pension scheme and impose a pay freeze.
Fujitsu bosses have also announced that they want to sack 1,200 staff out of the workforce of 12,500.
It has put 6,000 people at risk of redundancy. It will dismiss 4,000 employees at the end of the consultation phase this month and then offer them new contracts, which they say will not be changed except in relation to pension provisions.
The moves have provoked outrage, and caused a big increase in union membership across the company.
Workers have already voted overwhelmingly for action in a consultative ballot and they are preparing to resist the attacks.
Other companies have followed Fujitsu’s lead in attempting to close their final salary pension scheme for existing employees.
A victory for workers at Fujitsu will send a shockwave through employers nationwide. The ballot closes on Thursday of next week.
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