Fujitsu workers vote for 11-day strike over sacked rep

Unite members at Fujitsu – who yesterday voted for 11 days’ strike action – are today holding a demonstration in defence of Ian Allinson, who was on Tuesday sacked while attending a family funeral.

They voted 54% for strike action and by 71% for industrial action short of a strike in the dispute that embraces victimisation of union reps, breaches of the redundancy agreement and compulsory redundancies.

A three-day strike will start on January 24, followed by a 24-hour strike on January 30 and a week-long strike starting on February 14. This will be coupled with a work to rule from January 24 January to April 17.

Ian Allinson said: “On Tuesday, while I was on compassionate leave for a family funeral, Fujitsu sent me a letter telling me that I will be dismissed on Friday after more than 30 years’ service, including 26 as a union rep.

“Despite having an outstanding internal job application which Fujitsu has not responded to, the company is not allowing me to work my notice.”

Unite national officer for the IT sector Louisa Bull said: “Our members in Manchester have had more than enough and will be taking 11 days of strike action. This victimisation culture must cease immediately.

“These strikes could be averted, if senior Fujitsu bosses made a sea-change to their antediluvian attitude to modern employment relations and sat down and negotiated in a constructive fashion.

“This union has worked tirelessly to reach a reasonable and fair solution to this dispute.

“However, not only does the company not want to listen, it has backtracked on previous commitments. Its highly alarming treatment of union representatives speaks for itself.”

The demonstration is at the Fujitsu site in Manchester M40 5BP between 1 and 1.30pm.

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