Scrooge in protest with Fujitsu staffBy Hugh Fort
December 30, 2009
Mr Scrooge led Futjitsu employees from Bracknell as they joined their colleagues from around the country on strike in a row over pay and pensions.
Fujitsu staff from the company’s office in Lovelace Road joined the first of a series of strikes in a protest at the company’s HQ in Baker Street in London.
The staff, who are members of the Unite union and among the 1,200 in Bracknell, were in protest against the company, which the union members say is being tight-fisted by proposing changes to pensions, as well as redundancies.
There is already a pay freeze in place and staff say the measures are unnecessary as the company is still posting huge profits.
The company is looking to reduce its 12,000 strong UK workforce by about 10 per cent so it can “stay competitive” and says cost-cutting measures like a pay freeze and reducing IT costs have not worked.
The staff, however, are unhappy at two departing directors being paid £1.6 million as compensation for “loss of office”.
A strike was averted last month, after the union agreed to continue talks with staff.
The talks ended with an undisclosed offer by the company which was rejected by 83 per cent of union members.
Derek Simpson, Unite joint general secretary, said: “Whilst we remain ready and willing to talk at any time, this further rejection of the company’s position leaves no doubt our members are saying enough is enough.
“We recognise the effect any industrial action will have on key private and public sector customers and clients of Fujitsu, but the responsibility for this rests squarely with the company for failing to address the issues.”
Staff from offices in areas including Stevenage, Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle turned up to the protest.
More strikes are planned at sites in early January.