IN RESPONSE to the strike planned for 1 September at its West Gorton, Manchester site, IT company Fujitsu Services announced that first-line helpdesk staff nationwide would now get full company sick pay and five days extra holiday.
However, major issues remain, including the company's attacks on the union recognition agreement and Security of Employment Agreement. Amicus is also pushing for a pay rise and an Equal Pay Audit to identify discrimination.
The 1 September strike was called off in response to the Sick Pay announcement, and negotiations are now taking place. Unless agreement can be reached, industrial action is planned to start on Monday 15 September.
Around 800 of the company's 8,000 UK employees work at West Gorton, which is the only site where Amicus is recognised. Union reps have used donations to the campaign to fund a national recruitment initiative.
Fortunately, the union had already contacted most helpdesk staff before the company made its concession on Sick Pay, so Fujitsu's efforts to pretend that the change had nothing to do with the union have failed. New recruits are now coming in from across the country.
For more information and updates, go to www.ourunion.org.uk
Send messages of support or donations (payable to 'MSF Greater Manchester IT 9827 Branch') to Ian Allinson, Amicus, Fujitsu Services, Wenlock Way,West Gorton, Manchester M12 5DR.