Fujitsu staff could strike over 1,200 UK job cuts

Fujitsu workers have begun a ballot on industrial action in response to the IT firm’s announcement that it is cutting 1,200 jobs in the UK.

About 850 employees, who are members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union, are supporting the union’s campaign to save jobs, pay and pensions in the company.

PCS and the Unite union are holding concurrent ballots for industrial action.

Last month, Unite said 87% of its members at Fujitsu had voted in favour of striking in a consultative ballot over Fujitsu’s decision to close the company’s final salary pension scheme.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “This year, workers at Fujitsu have suffered a pay freeze, the threat to close their final salary pension scheme, and now their jobs are in danger.

“Our members say enough is enough and are backing our campaign for quality jobs, quality working conditions and quality public services. They are not prepared to stand by while essential services are starved of proper funding.

The PCS ballot closes on 29 October and the result will be announced shortly after.

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