Fujitsu staff vote to strike over pay

More than 1,000 Fujitsu employees have voted for strike action in a dispute over a below inflation pay offer and a failure to implement previous pay agreements.

The majority of Fujitsu members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) and Unite unions voted in favour of strike action. The joint action will take place on Monday 19 September.

The below inflation pay offer is a rise of between 1.5% and 2.5%.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary at PCS, said: “Such a pitiful pay offer to workers, who are paid less than some senior executives pocket in bonuses alone, is an insult.

“Our members may work for Fujitsu but they are supporting essential public services, so ministers must recognise they have a responsibility for what happens on behalf of their departments.”

Len McCluskey, general secretary at Unite, added: “Unite will not accept any situation where an employer can arbitrarily break negotiated agreements.

“This dispute can only be resolved through negotiations and coming to an agreement with the workforce. We remain available to talk at any time and urge management to get around the table so we can have a negotiated settlement.”

A spokesperson for Fujitsu said: “Fujitsu is disappointed that PCS and Unite have announced industrial action on 19 September. We are continuing to work with both unions to resolve the disputes.”

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