Industrial action at Fujitsu could spread across country, warns Unite union officer

Kathleen Hall

Industrial unrest at Fujitsu could spread across the country, as union members in Manchester decide whether to strike in support of a sacked union representative.

Members of the union Unite voted for strike action at Fujitsu's Crewe site at the end of last month, following the sacking of Unite worker Alan Jenney. The union claimed Jenney had been singled out for redundancy because of his trade union activities. At the time Fujitsu said it was unable to comment on specific cases regarding members of staff.

The Manchester ballot of the site's 800 union members closes on Friday 5 August. If Unite members vote for action, a strike will take place by 19 August.

Unite national officer for IT and communications, Kevin O'Gallagher, said: "We are behind Alan Jenney 100% and this dispute will spread throughout Fujitsu's UK operations until justice is done and Alan is re-instated."

The industrial unrest follows a ballot of Steria PCS union members at the Identity and Passport Service to strike over pay.

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