Striking Fujitsu staff set up picket lines

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Striking Fujitsu staff set up picket lines

Antony Savvas

Union members at Fujitsu Services in Manchester resumed their strike action today and have formed picket lines at the site.

The IT outsourcing company has refused to accept binding arbitration at Acas, and many of its staff will withdraw their labour today and tomorrow.

It is not known how the strike action by Amicus will affect Fujitsu’s IT outsourcing contracts with central government and the private sector – including Marks & Spencer.

The dispute began over benefits and union rights at the site last November, and was suspended in December to allow talks between the union and the company at abitration service Acas.

The union said, “Amicus had been willing to accept the binding arbitration of Acas, but Fujitsu chose to walk away from the talks after rejecting Acas’s proposals.”

The company has refused to comment on the dispute.

Action short of a strike involving withdrawal of goodwill began on  20 November and is still ongoing. A one-day strike took place on the same day.

Fujitsu Services employs a total of 12,000 people across the UK.

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