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Fujitsu staff postpone strike action

Mike Simons
Hundreds of IT workers at Fujitsu Services have postponed a strike and work-to-rule due to start on 1 September, after the company made concessions ahead of talks.

More than three quarters of Amicus trade union members at the former ICL site in West Gorton, Manchester, voted for strikes in a ballot last month in a dispute about trade union rights and pay.

Fujitsu broke the deadlock last week by meeting part of the union's claim - extending sick pay to helpdesk staff and increasing their annual leave to 25 days. Talks were due to begin after Computer Weekly went to press.

Union officials welcomed the move but warned that it fell short of their demands. A new strike day has been set for 15 September.

Fujitsu said it was working for a mutually acceptable solution.

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