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Fujitsu industrial action suspended for negotiations

Issue No. 2272

Industrial action by IT workers at Fujitsu in Greater Manchester has been suspended after a last minute agreement with company management.

The Unite union members were due to strike for 24 hours on Tuesday of this week. They are fighting victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements over issues such as union recognition, pay, pensions and job cuts.

The company recently settled a pay dispute with workers in the PCS union after a threat of coordinated action across the two unions.

Now bosses appear to have shifted their position on key issues such as a contractual pension plan and out-of-hours pay.

They have committed to talks over victimised Unite rep Alan Jenney in Crewe. These concessions show the strength of Fujitsu workers.

The company is to make an offer on 15 November, following further talks with the union. More strikes may follow if this does not satisfy workers’ demands.

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Tue 4 Oct 2011, 18:02 BST
Issue No. 2272
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