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Unite threatens Fujitsu with strike action

Simon Quicke

Unite has again locked horns with services giant Fujitsu balloting its members over strike action following the redundancy of a union rep from the Crewe plant.

The ballot of the 800 members at its Manchester site follows the departure of Alan Jenney who had worked for Fujitsu for 17 years and has, according to Unite, been made redundant because of his union activities.

The question of taking action over Jenney first emerged late last month when his job was first put at risk but now the union is reacting with further anger raising the prospect of a strike.

As well as a potential strike Unite is also looking into an employment tribunal and is also holding talks with management next week to try and get Jenny reinstated.

Kevin O'Gallagher, national officer for IT and communications at Unite, said: that it was adopting several methods to try and get the services company to change its mind over the redundancy.

"We are behind Alan Jenney 100 per cent and this dispute will spread throughout Fujitsu's UK operations until justice is done and Alan is reinstated," he said.

In a statement Fujitsu said it was "aware of the intended ballot by Unite but we are unable to comment on any individual case."

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