Fujitsu staff call off strike as talks spark breakthrough


Fujitsu staff call off strike as talks spark breakthrough

Simon Quicke

Unite workers at Fujitsu have suspended strike action after a breakthrough in last minute discussions with the services giant.

A walkout had been planned for today with workers planning to take their grievances to the Conservative party conference in Manchester but today's strike was canned and any future action has been suspended after the two sides came to an agreement.

The strike was called after workers in Manchester were balloted after a Union rep was made redundant, a move the union described as vindictive and targeted, and relations between the management and Unite seemed to be at a stalemate.

But last minute talks ended the strike and the tone of communication from Unite has softened towards Fujitsu.

Kevin O'Gallagher, Unite national officer, said that its members did not take strike action lightly and the agreement reached was "good news for both our members and for Fujitsu".

"Further talks are planned with the company. We hope this will produce an improved offer, which we will put to our members," he added.

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