UK’s largest trade union, Unite, has accused Fujitsu of disproportionately targeting women, part-time, as well as non-white workers under its redundancies, it has been emerged.
The union on Monday asserted that it had assessed the data on planned mandatory layoffs in the IT service provider’s Applications Service unit, and that its evaluation has raised serious doubts about the company’s redundancy process.
Fujitsu strongly rebuffed the charges of any bias against minorities, and said it already has a mechanism in place to prevent this from taking place.
The company’s Applications Service division employs as many as 1,500 people, of which 6.7 percent of women employees were chosen for the redundancy process, as against 3.7 percent of men, according to the analysis from Unite.
It further suggested that around 10.4 percent of Indians and 9.4 percent part-timers have been targeted under the redundancy procedure, while only 3.9 percent people belonged to other groups.
Alleging Fujitsu for setting up disproportionate redundancies, Peter Skyte, the union’s national officer, said: “On the face of it, there are certainly legitimate questions we want answers to. It appears that a disproportionate number of women, part-time and ethnic minority workers have been made redundant.”
However, Unite claimed that its analysis strictly confines to the data provided by Fujitsu for its redundancy process at its Application Services unit, and it doesn’t essentially indicate redundancies across the whole company.
Unite has some vested interests obviously in releasing this report but it could well backfire if Fujitsu goes against it and asks it to prove its claims, which are prejudicial to the company overall.