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Fujitsu workers vote for strike on pensions

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Unite announced today that its members at Fujitsu had voted to go on strike in opposition to the company’s proposals to close the Fujitsu pension scheme to future service, amongst other pay and jobs issues going on in the company including 1,200 redundancies – some one in ten of its UK workforce – with some 6,000 having been informed that they are at risk. The union said that 74% of members voted for strike action while 92% voted in favour of action short of strike, and that its senior reps would now be meeting to determine the course of action.

Fujitsu has since August been consulting on changes to the pension arrangements which, at the end of the consultation process and subject to the company choosing to go ahead with its proposals, will see some 4,000 members of the main defined benefit pension plan sacked and then re-engaged on new contracts which do not offer membership of a defined benefit scheme. The company has also imposed a pay freeze this year, withdrawing promised pay freezes, but recently lauded above-target earnings for the first six months of the year. Unite contrasted the company’s current treatment of its staff with its pay out of about £150m to shareholders last year, as well as around £1.6m to two directors in compensation for loss of office.

Connect also has a number of members in Fujitsu.

[Edit 12 November: the notice of strike action, due to start today, was withdrawn yesterday, with consultation with the ‘Pensions Forum’ now scheduled to continue until at least 31st January 2010.]

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Written by Calvin

02/11/2009 at 4:53 pm

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