Fujitsu strike called off

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Fujitsu strike called off

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The long running dispute between Fujitsu and unionised staff over pay, job cuts and pensions has finally been resolved by ACAS.

In a four to one majority vote, Unite members at Fujitsu have accepted proposals tabled by the government conciliation service that include cutting compulsory redundancies and offering a pay increase to compensate for pension changes

"Whilst ACAS brokered proposals do not fully satisfy our members' aspirations, there have been significant changes in the company's position on jobs, pay and pensions over the course of the dispute," said Unite national officer Peter Skyte.

The number of planned compulsory redundancies has been cut from 1,200 to less than 30 with an extension to their employment until at least 26 March, however more than 580 staff left voluntarily in December.

The firm has agreed to give staff a 5% pay increase to compensate for the closure to further accrual of the final pension scheme and has committed to put in place a minimum basic salary of £12,000 a year by 1 March and review it further from April.

In addition it has committed to more open pay and benefits scale, but recognised Unite's demands to take it to £13,500 and will review this from 1 April.

"Unite will continue to work with Fujitsu to avoid compulsory redundancies and press the company for a fairer and more open and transparent pay system that more adequately recognises and rewards the Fujitsu workforce," said Skyte.
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