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Japanese IT supplier Fujitsu is planning to cut around 1,800 jobs in the UK as it restructures its business, with the automation and offshoring of roles planned.
The cuts, which amount to around 18% of its UK workforce, were described by the Unite union as a “hammer blow”. The union also said Fujitsu can make the UK cuts by increasing automation and offshoring roles.
Ian Tonks, national officer for IT at Unite, said: “Fujtsu’s main UK subsidiary made £85.6m profit in 2015 and we see no reason for these job losses. Unite will be doing its utmost to fight for these jobs, as well as giving our members maximum support at this worrying time.”
Workers in Belfast, Bracknell, Crewe, Londonderry/Derry, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield and Warrington are affected.
Fujitsu said in a statement: “Fujitsu is planning a transformation programme that will enable it to better support customers in the era of digital transformation.
“The company advised its employee representative forum of plans to restructure the organisation to provide better service and respond more quickly to customer needs.
“As part of the programme, Fujitsu plans to streamline operations to remain competitive in the market. Proposed measures include changes that will result in a reduction of up to 1,800 jobs in the UK.
“All affected employees will be offered guidance and support and Fujitsu is establishing a consultation process with elected employee representatives.”
Unite also said Fujitsu is terminating its UK works council, known as Fujitsu Voice, from January 2017. Unite said this will reduce workers’ redundancy and consultation rights.
Tonks said: “Fujitsu claims to be a responsible business – it needs to start acting like one. Its UK staff make the company excellent profits.” ... ... ... ... ...