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Fujitsu strikers suspend action after MPs step in

Union members at Fujitsu Services in Manchester have suspended strike action in their long-running dispute, following the intervention of five local MPs.

The MPs have written to the company expressing their concerns over the dispute and the failure of the company to thrash out a settlement.

Amicus members started taking intermittent strike action at the outsourcer from the end of last year over pay, union rights and redundancy terms.

Fujitsu is an IT outsourcer for the Government, Marks & Spencer, Orange, Tesco, and other large firms.

The MPs asked the union for a suspension of the strike action to help persuade the company to resume talks.

The five MPs wrote to David Courtly, Fujitsu Services CEO last week. They said, “When we have written to you previously, you have passed our letters to Roger Leek, your group human resources director, who has sent us a standard reply. This response has not allayed the concerns of our constituents, and we note that the dispute continues to be unresolved.”

They added, “We are keen to see a swift resolution to the dispute. We are therefore seeking an urgent meeting between you, a senior officer from Amicus, and members of both negotiating teams, to see if we can broker proper dialogue and help to resolve this situation. So we hope that you will respond by arranging the meeting very quickly.”

Although the union has now cancelled a one-day strike and is expected to cancel a three-day strike next week, the strikers are still waiting to see whether the company returns to the negotiating table, and if Courtly joins the negotiations.

Fujitsu Services’ parent Fujitsu in Japan has just issued a profits warning, saying it will lose £1.2bn in the current financial year, instead of a previously forecast profit.

Its overseas subsidiaries, including Fujitsu Services, were blamed for the loss, following their book value and share value being slashed.

Fujitsu staff walk out again

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