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Sit in at Hinkley Point C
Following 17 days of strike action since 24 January, Unite's dispute at Fujitsu continues to escalate. Unite has announced the next 15 strike days for employees... in the Manchester bargaining unit: Fri 16 March – Wed 21 March 2018 (6 days) Thu 29 March – Fri 6 April 2018 (9 days including the Easter bank holiday weekend) For the latest information and resources, including how to support us, always check… [ 176 more words ]
Fantastic win for Mears housing maintenance workers https://youtu.be/aCAFwOE2G4U
After more than 80 days of strike action, housing maintenance workers at Mears / Manchester Working have won pay rises of around 20% over three years. We hear from some of the workers celebrating their victory "less chat, more bat": It is a testament to the strikers' unity and determination that less than 200 of them managed to acheive such a victory against an employer with a turnover of over £500m and about 4000 employees. [ 292 more words ]
This morning Unite members at Mears & Manchester Working Limited, who carry out housing maintenance for Northwards Housing, went back to work (for now). They have struck 4 days per week for the last 12 weeks, after a previous 12-week period of strikes last year. The dispute isn't over yet, but "as for now - we're winning". Members voted last week to return to work today after an offer which for most people means a 10% immediate pay rise, with a further 5% spread over two years. [ 123 more words ]
Join the demo for the NHS on 3 February http://www.unitetheunion.org/…/events/fix-the-nhs-march-an…/
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Reinstate Ian Allinson
Stop victimisation of union reps
On 12 January Fujitsu dismissed Ian Allinson, chair of Unite in Fujitsu UK, under the pretext of redundancy. Ian was part of a tiny fake redundancy pool where the company said all the jobs would go....
While Ian was on compassionate leave for a family funeral Fujitsu wrote to tell him he would be dismissed later that week. Fujitsu refused to allow him to work his notice, despite not yet having responded to his application for a job they encouraged him to apply for, breaking previous promises. This is not the first time Fujitsu has tried to victimise Ian, and Ian is not the only rep they have targeted.
Unite members at Fujitsu Manchester have voted to take strike action over the victimisation of reps, compulsory redundancies and breaches of redundancy agreements. Fujitsu denies breaking the agreements on the grounds that they are “almost entirely voluntary” - a worrying sign of its future intentions. Fujitsu’s aggressive approach is shown by their threat to withhold bonuses, often worth up to 20% of annual income, from anyone who strikes.
Victimisation of any union activist is an attack on the movement as a whole. When the activist is well known the outcome can influence the behaviour of other employers and the confidence of members to be active. We note that around half Fujitsu’s UK business is from the public sector and welcome the commitment that a Labour government would only award public contracts to companies that recognise trade unions, and have “high standards” on issues including workers’ rights. We applaud Unite’s record in defending activists, including the successful use of leverage campaigns as at Honda and Crossrail and expect Unite to leave no stone unturned in this case.
We call on Fujitsu to reinstate Ian Allinson and stop victimising union activists.
The undersigned pledge to campaign for Ian’s reinstatement and build support and solidarity for the Fujitsu dispute.
Please sign, share and raise in your workplace and other union meetings.
Unite held Talks with Suttons Tankers Eastham in an attempt to avert strike action however the talks broke down without agreement.
Members will be taking indefinite strike action from 00.01hrs Friday 19th January 2018 until 23.59 12th April 2018 and will be manning the picket lines at both Eastham Refinery North Road and the Formula site at Bridges Road on a 24 hour basis
Please show your support and respect the picket lines