UK’s largest union, Unite, has announced that it would continue its ongoing strike for five more days over the payment and pension issues, and the proposed job cuts announced at Fujitsu.
Meanwhile, the union further announced that more than 950 discontented employees at Fujitsu will be taking their struggle to the House of Commons with MP Tony Lloyd expected to run an Early Day Motion to back the workers.
Starting from Friday 22nd of January, the union members will go on strike on 29th January, 1st February, 5th February, and 8th February. In addition to this, workers in Northern Ireland will go on strike on 26th January, while those in Scotland, England and Wales will strike on 27th January.
The union has claimed that the company is forcibly ending its final salary pension plan, which would effectively lead to salary cuts of up to 20 percent. In addition, the union is also lobbying to halt the pay freeze at Fujitsu, which it is carrying despite the company’s huge profits of £177 million last year.
The national officer for IT and Communications at Unite, Peter Skyte said: “Fujitsu should be focusing on serious negotiations with Unite rather than shooting itself in the foot by spending money on expensive lawyers in a fruitless and ultimately counterproductive attempt to use the law instead of the jaw”.
Fujitsu staff have the right to strike but they must also remember that they are working not for the public sector but for a for-profit company for whom profit and its shareholders come first. Ironically, if employees manage to strike successfully, they might endanger the company's long term stability.