Friday, 11 December 2009

UNITE announces Fujitsu strike dates

UNITE has issued the official notice of action for strikes and action short of strike from 18th December across Fujitsu in the UK as part of the campaign over Jobs, Pay and Pensions.

UNITE has also issued a press release focussing on the protest planned outside Fujitsu's London HQ on 18th December.

There's an appeal for support leaflet and collection sheet available from

Thursday, 10 December 2009

New ACAS code of practice on time off for trade union duties and activities

Carl on Stronger Unions highlights that ACAS have published the new guide which is due to come into effect on 1st January. I haven't had a chance to read it properly yet, but this is a guide which every rep needs to be familiar with.

Apparently the update has more about time off for union duties when there are "performance related" pay systems, more about adjustments to workload, more about use of email and the internet, more on reps being able to communicate with members confidentially. It also covers more types of reps: Workplace, Learning, Pension, European Works Council (EWC) and national Information & Consultation of Employees (ICE).

We will all need to ensure our agreements are updated and treat this as a minimum, not a maximum.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Fight for Ford/Visteon Pensions Continues

The Visteon Pensioners Action Group has staged a second protest outside the Bridgend Ford plant:

The campaigners have set up a lively web site at and are asking everyone to sign a petition on the Number 10 web site.

UNITE is supporting legal action as part of the campaign.

Friday, 4 December 2009

UNITE recommends acceptance of Steria pensions offer

According to the latest UNITE "Steria Pensions" newsletter (number 5), Steria has made an offer which the union is recommending for acceptance.

UNITE recommends rejection of Fujitsu offer on Jobs, Pay & Pensions

UNITE members at Fujitsu are voting on a company offer in the dispute over Jobs, Pay & Pensions. The elected Combine Committee, which covers the whole of the UK, is recommending rejection.

Members' meetings are taking place across the country on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the offer and what action should be called if the offer is rejected. To be covered by the ballot, any industrial action would have to start by 23rd December.

Strike dates set for HP Customer Engineers

Following their ballot, UNITE has announced the industrial action plans for Mobile Engineers working for HP CDS across the UK:

  • Strike on Monday 7th December 2009
  • Continuous overtime ban and work to rule from 4th January 2010
  • 2 days strike - 11th and 12th January 2010
  • 2 days strike - 1st and 2nd February 2010
  • 5 days strike - 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th February 2010
The dispute is over HP using weak employment law to reduce pay and pension benefits on transfer to HP CDS.

Good luck to all our members!