Fujitsu workers launch three-day strike

Fujitsu workers across the UK took strike action today in their ongoing dispute over pay, the closure of a final salary pension scheme and 1,000 planned redundancies.

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Fujitsu workers across the UK took strike action today in their ongoing dispute over pay, the closure of a final salary pension scheme and 1,000 planned redundancies.

The current three-day strike by members of the Unite union follows a one-day walkout last month, which was the first ever national strike at an IT company.

Action was targeted at a number of major Fujitsu contracts, including Marks & Spencer, Vodafone, the Home Office, HM Revenue & Customs, Defra, the Financial Services Authority, and the Post Office.

Fujitsu said it was “disappointed that the Unite trade union has decided to continue to take industrial action whilst consultation continues with elected employee representatives on proposed changes to the pension scheme.

“Fujitsu has taken prudent measures to ensure service to its customers is maintained,” a spokesman added.

Peter Skyte, Unite national officer, told Computerworld UK that no talks have been scheduled to resolve the dispute.

“We are willing and available to meet Fujitsu,” he said. “Our concern is that the company has not been willing to seriously engage with us or seriously address issues. Fujitsu and Unite have to find a way of resolving this. To do so the company has to come up with something material and concrete.

Unite has contrasted Fujitsu’s “approach” with that taken by its rival Steria. Following extensive talks with Unite, which avoided industrial action, Steria last month agreed an alternative pension scheme for its employees.

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