1000 Fujitsu workers to strike on Monday

Unions see current pay rise offer as an insult to the lowest paid staff
Kerry Butters

September 9, 2011

More than 1000 Fujitsu workers will go on strike on Monday September 19th, in a one-day protest concerning conditions and pay.

An announcement by PCS and Unite unions said the action is “amid growing discontent with the IT giant”.

65% of their members working on contracts across the UK voted in favour of the action.

The dispute is due to a lower than expected pay increase, which falls below inflation, and “the failure of Fujitsu to implement previous pay agreements”.

It seems the company has met its targets on the contracts, which include the DVLA and the Home Office, but Fujitsu continues to refuse to increase the pay offer.

Currently, workers can expect an increase of between 1.5% and 2.5% which the unions describe as “an insult to the lowest paid staff, many of whom earn just £13,500 a year”.

This falls well below the average salary in the UK which is around £20,000 per year.

Unite says that the technology company is breaking a number of agreements including “pay, benefits, pensions, redundancy and redeployment”.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “Such a pitiful pay offer to workers, who are paid less than what some senior executives pocket in bonuses alone, is an insult.”

“Our members may work for Fujitsu but they are supporting essential public services, so ministers must recognise they have a responsibility for what happens on behalf of their departments.”

Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said: “Unite will not accept any situation where an employer can arbitrarily break negotiated agreements.”

“This dispute can only be resolved through negotiations and coming to an agreement with the workforce. We remain available to talk at any time and urge management to get around the table so we can have a negotiated settlement.”

The two unions have different arguments with Fujitsu but have decided to “take action together to put maximum pressure on the company to resolve the issues”.


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