“The ink isn’t dry on the pay deal and BT management are already trying to tear up our contracts by changing the working week to 7am-11pm, Monday to Sunday. This will put a lot more pressure on staff already finding it difficult to cope. It also means the end of flexible working hours which many workers depend on to be able to take care of children. A consultative ballot delayed due to the pay talks is to resume over BT’s proposals.”
Thousands of Fujitsu workers across Britain and Northern Ireland are involved in a major fight against attacks on pay, pensions and jobs.
On 18th December thousands of workers at multi-national IT firm Fujitsu took part in the first strike in Britain and Northern Ireland in the IT industry. Workers have voted overwhelmingly to fight vicious attacks on jobs, pay and pensions with 75% voting for strike action. Fujitsu workers are forced to take strike action because of plans to sack 1,000 workers, against a pay freeze introduced last year and against the ending of the main final salary pension scheme to future accrual, which will result in a 20% in pay. Workers returned to strike action on 7th January and 8th January after talks broke down before the Xmas break. Fujitsu Services made £200m profits last year, and its parent company raised more than $900m from a share sale, breaking its earnings target
CHRIS O’KANE, one of the leading organisers of the sacked traffic wardens who are fighting to be re-instated spoke to The Socialist about their struggle.
“In April, 26 of us took part on a half day stoppage after our employer, National Car Parks, refused to deal with a mountain of grievances we had raised over months.