Fujitsu strikers to take protest to Conservative party conference


Fujitsu strikers to take protest to Conservative party conference

Simon Quicke

Striking Fujitsu workers will protest at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester tomorrow as they try to highlight the ongoing struggle between the Union and the services specialist.

Staff at the Manchester office had already voted to walk out tomorrow but with the party conference in town it handed them an opportunity to keep the struggle in the spotlight.

The conference opened yesterday with public sector union members outside protesting at the depth of cuts and Unite members will do the same tomorrow, although the target of their anger is Fujitsu. The CEO of the firm is due to speak at a fringe event inside the conference.

"Our members are determined and resolute and have said they will continue this fight until the company comes to its senses and negotiates. They've fought long and hard, over many years, to get agreements and will not stand by and let the company just arbitrarily break them," said Kevin O'Gallagher, Unite national officer.

He said that the dispute, which escalated when a Union rep was made redundant, could have been settled and it continued "to urge management to resolve this dispute amicably."

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