12 Days Remaining

Friday 21st
posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

UNITE has asked Japan’s ambassador to intervene in its long-running dispute with IT giant Fujitsu, the union revealed yesterday.

Union officials will hand a letter to ambassador Koji Tsuruoka today criticising bosses’ “shameful” behaviour over job losses at the company and calling for Unite’s concerns to be raised at the “highest level.”

Members of the union are set to demonstrate outside the Japanese embassy from 8am this morning.

Fujitsu has been hit by eight days of strike action in a long-running dispute over pay, pensions, job security and union recognition.

A planned restructure could see the offshoring and loss of 1,800 jobs, a proposal that Unite calls ill-considered, warning that it places the viability of the business at risk.

A further seven days of stoppages will take place from April 27 at sites in Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham, Bracknell, Crewe, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield and Warrington.

Unite argues that Fujitsu’s British operations are highly profitable, making an eye-watering £85.6 million in the last financial year.

In the letter to the ambassador, Unite national officer Ian Tonks writes: “To its shame, the UK management made a decision to terminate the agreement before announcing the restructuring programme.

“We from Unite can only see that this was a deliberate act to avoid the rigours agreed by both parties in the past under ‘Fujitsu Voice.’

“Such behaviour is totally unacceptable,” adds Mr Tonks, who asks the ambassador to “consider the actions of the UK management” and expresses hope that he would raise concerns “within the highest levels of Fujitsu, both in the United Kingdom and Japan.”

Fujitsu declined to comment on the dispute or the letter to the ambassador when contacted by the Star.