AROUND 80 workers took part in a protest rally at the Fujitsu Services site in West Gorton, Manchester, on Thursday of last week.
The company had responded to their pay campaign by attacking the union recognition and redundancy agreements, and imposing a pay deal that left a third of the workforce with no rise at all.
The ballot for industrial action run by Amicus last week was cancelled after the company threatened a legal challenge. The ballot is due to restart shortly.
Ian Allinson, senior Amicus rep at the site, explained, 'We were tackling long-standing grievances - the lack of sick pay for many staff, a secretive and arbitrary pay system and the company paying people less than their own pay scales, then giving people zero rises. Our campaign was building up when the company attacked the union. Employees can only draw one conclusion when a company does that.'