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Ninety-six more hours of strike action at Fujitsu in the UK

Fujitsu staff are on strike again in protest against job and pension cuts

Workers at Fujitsu operations in Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham, Bracknell, Crewe, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield and Warrington will strike for 24 hours on 13 April and 24 April and for 48-hours on 20 April.

Staff are protesting against job cuts. In October 2016, the company, which has 10,000 staff in the UK, announced plans to cut its UK workforce by around 1,800. The move is expected to include some offshoring.

IT staff at Fujitsu work on large IT services contracts for organisations, including government departments.

Protesting staff demand improved redundancy payments and better redeployment efforts for staff threatened with redundancy, as well as recognition of Unite as the union to represent all employees who want it.

They are also calling for restoration of the retrospective cut in pensions and for the company to become a living wage accredited employer.

There were four days of strikes by Fujitsu staff across the UK in March.

Unite national officer Ian Tonks said: “The previous four days of strike action generated strong support from workers determined to stand up for their jobs and livelihoods. The way Fujitsu is treating its workforce and keeping them in the dark over its plans for the future is beyond contempt.

“This is a workforce that has worked hard to make Fujitsu in the UK highly profitable, yet their reward is job cuts and pension reductions, while the company frustrates Unite’s attempts to minimise compulsory redundancies,” he added.

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