Thursday 14 July 2011

Victory - cheques saved - guarantee cards next?

Success in an important campaign backed by UNITE, to save cheques. As well as many people who like to use them, this will benefit UNITE members working in IT & Comms, Finance and GPM sectors.

Details from the payments council and UNITE.

There's still a battle to be won to retain cheque guarantee cards, without which the usefulness of cheques is reduced significantly.

Monday 11 July 2011

Bombardier, Southampton and Fujitsu

Three important campaigns that deserve everyone's support.

UNITE members building trains at Bombardier in Derby are campaigning to save their jobs. There's a petition on the union web site.

UNITE and UNISON members at Southampton Council have been striking for weeks against brutal cuts which the council is seeking to impose by dismissing the workforce and re-engaging them on new contracts. I've posted the details on how to support them before.

Fujitsu, my employer, has escalated the dispute that led to members in Crewe striking on 30th June and taking ongoing action short of strike. Today they dismissed leading UNITE rep Alan Jenney as "redundant", even though this was readily avoidable and totally in breach of agreements and past practice. It is increasingly apparent that this is part of a wider attack on the union, with the company breaking a wide range of agreements. Manchester members are now being balloted too, with the ballot due to close on 4th August. Updates are posted on and an appeal for support leaflet is regularly updated on where you will also find a collection sheet.