Striking workers at the IT giant Fujitsu are to step up their industrial action with a further two days of strike action on Friday, March 24 and Monday, March 27 as they battle to defend their jobs, pay and pensions, and gain union recognition.
The announcement of two further days of action by their union, Unite comes as hundreds of Fujitsu workers strike and mount picket lines at locations across the UK today (March 17) as part of the ongoing dispute.
Today’s strike action is the second day of action in the dispute, which involves Fujitsu workers at sites in Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham, Bracknell, Crewe, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield and Warrington.
Workers are angry over plans to axe and offshore 1,800 jobs to low-cost countries in a move which potentially jeopardises services to existing customers, who rely on the skills of UK staff.
Fujitsu is highly profitable in the UK making £85.6m profit in the last financial year. Unite argues that an ill-considered move offshore jeopardises the viability of the existing business.
“There has been magnificent support for today’s strike action,” said Unite national officer Ian Tonks. “Workers are rightly angry at Fujitsu which has gone out of its way to undermine and frustrate attempts by Unite to save jobs and redeploy people.
“Other than saying job cuts are on the cards, any meaningful plans for the business in the UK have yet to be shared with employees leaving them in the dark over their futures,” he added. “This is a contemptible way to treat a workforce which has worked hard to make Fujitsu in the UK highly profitable.
“Fujitsu needs to start seriously engaging with Unite over these plans which could damage customer service and the firm’s reputation in the UK.”