Staff at computer giant Fujitsu’s Northern Ireland offices are to stage the first in a series of strikes tomorrow in a row over job cuts, a pay freeze and pension changes.
Staff at the IT services firm’s two offices in Belfast and one in Londonderry will also be walking out on January 7, 8, 11, 14 and 15. It will be the first national strike in the IT sector in the UK.
The union is protesting over proposals to axe 1,200 jobs, a pay freeze imposed earlier this year, and plans by the company to close the main final salary pension scheme to future staff.
Roger Dane, Unite representative for Fujitsu in Northern Ireland, said: “While 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.”
Fujitsu employs around 11,500 people in the UK.