Union insists all staff must be treated equally over job loss consultation


Unite has demanded IT giant Fujitsu offers all its employees at least 90 days’ redundancy consultation and avoid rushing through compulsory redundancies in just 30 days.

Staff in Manchester, and those elsewhere covered by the union-negotiated Security of Employment Agreement, are guaranteed at least 90 days before redundancy, which they see as valuable time to avoid redundancy or seek redeployment.

But workers in other parts of the business are only eligible for 30 day consultation when redundancies fall short of 100, which is in line with the statutory minimum.

The company has announced 93 job cuts in areas where some people would get 90 days but others just 30 days, leading Unite to accuse the company of having a two tier workforce when it come to redundancies.

Unite national officer Kevin O’Gallagher said: “Fujitsu must end its unfair policy of allowing a two tier workforce to exist when it comes  to redundancies.

“Fujitsu is profitable and can afford to deal with any job losses through a fair, high quality, process for all workers.

“Consistency is not too much to ask for. We are demanding that Fujitsu acts and gives all its staff the same opportunity to protect their jobs or find alternative employment in the company where possible.”

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