Fujitsu staff set for six days of strikes over jobs pensions and pay

Fujitsu workers have resumed their threat to strike announcing six separate days of industrial action, starting next week, in a row over job cuts, pay and pensions.

The IT firm has today been served notice by union Unite stating that one-day strikes will take place on 18 December, and 7, 8, 11, 14 and 15 January, after workers voted with a majority of 75% to take industrial action.

The strike was sparked after Fujitsu announced plans to make 1,000 redundancies in the UK and close the final salary pension scheme to future accrual, and then imposed a pay freeze earlier in the year.

Unite said workers intend to stage a “Scrooge” protest outside the Fujitsu’s London headquarters on 18 December to contrast the company’s treatment of its staff with last year’s £200m profit and the £1.6m paid out to two directors who were made redundant.

Strike action was originally planned for November, but this was halted after Fujitsu agreed to talks and to relax deadlines on jobs and pensions. The talks resulted in an offer from Fujitsu which was rejected by 83% of members.

Derek Simpson, Unite joint general secretary, said: “While we remain ready and willing to talk at any time, this further rejection of the company’s position leaves no doubt our members are saying enough is enough.”

Fujitsu employs around 11,500 people in the UK.

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