An employment tribunal to deal with the case of the sacked Fujitsu union rep, which sparked a threat of strike action, will be heard next week.
The dismissal of Alan Jenney, who worked at Fujitsu for 17 years but was then made redundant, lead to angry exchanges between his former employers and the union Unite and talk of deliberate targeting of one of their representatives.
Unite is currently balloting staff in the Manchester office over the prospect of a walk out with the ballot closing on 1 September and the prospect of action starting later next month a real possibility.
Jenney's tribunal hearing will take place in Stoke next Thursday, 25 August, and Unite is sticking to its guns over the view that he was sacked for his trade union activities.
Unite national officer for IT and communications, Kevin O'Gallagher criticised Fujitsu for its "continued intransigence to reverse its vindictive decision to sack Alan for legitimate trade union activity and which demonstrates the company's unwillingness to comply with proper agreed procedures".
Unite also revealed it is continuing talks with Fujitsu management at ACAS to resolve the issues but is continuing to work-to-rule at the Crewe plant.
'We are behind Alan Jenney 100 per cent and this dispute will spread throughout Fujitsu's UK operations until justice is done," added O'Gallagher.