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Fujitsu workers accept offer

by Charlie Kimber
Issue No. 2191

Around 80 percent of Fujitsu workers have voted to accept the latest offer from management. This follows ten strike days by Unite members.

The deal is well short of what workers hoped for. But it was right to fight. The total number of redundancies has fallen from 1,200 to just over 800.

Extending the deadline for redundancies from December to March meant many people facing the chop found jobs.

Around 25 workers face compulsory redundancy. One is too many, but it is far fewer than planned.

The company has offered a 5 percent pay rise for those who leave a pension scheme.

But perhaps the greatest gain is the development of Unite’s membership in the company. Overall this is not a stunning victory, but it’s not a defeat.

Fujitsu strikers fought magnificently. If the national union had thrown its full weight behind the battle then much more could have been won.

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Tue 2 Mar 2010, 18:07 GMT
Issue No. 2191
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