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Fujitsu strike threatens government projects

Will Hadfield

Three Whitehall departments could face further delays to their IT projects after employees at outsourcing company Fujitsu voted last week to strike over pay concerns.

The Department for Work and Pensions, the Home Office and HM Revenue & Customs have all outsourced part of their IT work to Fujitsu. Employees at the supplier’s Manchester office voted to take a one-day strike before 19 December.

About two-thirds of 309 eligible members of trade union Amicus voted on whether to strike, with 73% coming out in support of the move.

Ian Allinson, senior Amicus representative at the site, said, “Fujitsu has imposed different pay deals on us. It announced purely individual pay rises from a pot of 3%, but for some jobs the pay rises went down.”

Fujitsu refused to comment.

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