SOME 800 workers at IT company Fujitsu Services in West Gorton, Manchester, plan to take industrial action after staff unanimously rejected management's latest offer. The vote came at a union general meeting held on Thursday of last week, which also agreed to increase the planned action, adding an extra half-day strike before the end of the month.
Action is due to start on Monday unless workers accept a new offer. Management at Fujitsu are breaking existing recognition and redundancy agreements with the Amicus union.
The dispute only directly involves staff in West Gorton, which is the only site where the union is recognised. But workers are already benefiting elsewhere. Management have already been forced to give workers an extra five days holiday and introduce sick pay. New people are joining the union every day.
E-mail messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 0870 705 2814 or write to Ian Allinson, Amicus, Fujitsu Services, Wenlock Way, West Gorton, Manchester M12 5DR. Make donations payable to MSF Greater Manchester IT 9827 Branch. For updates on the dispute go to www.ourunion.org.uk