Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Fujitsu workers end strike action

Union members working at an IT services company have voted in favour of proposals to end industrial action.

Unite said its members at Fujitsu in Belfast had voted four to one in favour of proposals from conciliation service Acas to resolve the dispute over redundancies, pay and pensions.

The four month dispute had led to 10 days of strikes.

UK-wide, the union said the company had cut the number of possible compulsory redundancies from 1,200 to less than 30.

It said the company also extended the pensions consultation period from October to at least March 5 and offered a 5% pay increase to compensate for the change to the defined contribution scheme.

The union said Fujitsu had also committed to more transparent pay and benefit scales and a minimum basic salary of £12,000.

The company employs around 700 people in the province.

Joanne McWilliams, Unite’s Northern Ireland regional industrial officer for IT and finance sector, said: “While the Acas brokered proposals do not fully satisfy our members’ aspirations, there have been significant changes in the company’s position on jobs, pay and pensions over the course of the dispute.

“Unite will continue to work with Fujitsu to avoid compulsory redundancies and press the company for a fairer and more open and transparent pay system that more adequately recognises and rewards the Fujitsu workforce for its contribution to the company’s success and for improved pension provision.”