Belfast Telegraph

Fujitsu staff in Belfast join strike action over job losses

By John Mulgrew

Workers at technology giant Fujitsu in Belfast are due to strike this week amid plans for UK-wide job cuts.

Unite members working for the IT giant will strike for a further four days at sites across the UK in their dispute over plans to axe one in five jobs and pension cuts, according to the union.

Union members are due to strike for 24 hours from midnight on Thursday this week and Monday, April 24.

Unite says there will also be a 48-hour strike on April 20.

At the end of last year, it was revealed scores of jobs could be lost in Belfast and Londonderry as Fujitsu looks to shed 1,800 employees across the UK.

The Japanese-owned technology giant is slashing its workforce across the UK, including posts in both cities.

It employs around 800 staff across Northern Ireland, with around 500 of those based in Belfast and more than 200 in Londonderry.

Last year the firm announced it was planning to close its repair centre in Antrim, resulting in the loss of approximately 40 jobs.

Unite national officer Ian Tonks said: "The previous four days of strike action generated strong support from workers determined to stand up for their jobs and livelihoods."

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