A dispute that sparked strike action over redundancy rights, union recognition and pay at Fujitsu Services has been settled, unions and the company have announced.
The long-running dispute saw strikes by up to 200 members of the Amicus trade union – now part of Unite – at Fujitsu’s Manchester office, which handles a number of the firm’s government contracts.
In March, a new series of strikes planned by the union was put on hold after an intervention by a group of MPs including health minister Ivan Lewis. The MPs wrote to Fujitsu Services chief executive David Courtly raising concerns on behalf of the staff.
Unite members in Manchester have now voted to accept an offer of new agreements covering union recognition, redundancy and redeployment rights, pay and benefits. The deal will benefit more than 1,000 Fujitsu staff.
Laurence Faircloth, north west regional secretary for Unite, said: “Our members are pleased that so many issues have been successfully resolved to end the dispute. We now hope to build a much better working relationship with Fujitsu.”
Larry Upton, Fujitsu Services’ employee relations manager, said: “I am delighted that we have put this dispute behind us and can now go on to develop a relationship with Unite in Manchester that will be of benefit to our employees, our customers and the company as a whole.”
The two sides have also recently agreed a deal to provide the union with organising facilities at Fujitsu sites that are not currently covered by a union recognition agreement, along with a learning partnership to benefit staff in Manchester.
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