Stevenage workers take further strike action over row about jobs, pay and pensions

FURTHER strike action by workers at Fujitsu in Stevenage is being taken over a row about jobs, pay and pensions. Employees who are members of Unite the union will picket outside the Cavendish Road site tomorrow (Friday) and Monday, having lobbied Parliame

FURTHER strike action by workers at Fujitsu in Stevenage is being taken over a row about jobs, pay and pensions.

Employees who are members of Unite the union will picket outside the Cavendish Road site tomorrow (Friday) and Monday, having lobbied Parliament last week.

The national strike, which has so far included eight days industrial action in January as well as a strike on Monday this week, is in protest over proposals for 70 compulsory redundancies in the UK, a pay freeze, and plans to close the final salary pension scheme to new staff - reducing the total pay package of those affected by about 20 per cent.

The strike action follows a ballot in November which saw the majority - 75 per cent - of Unite members in the IT services company vote in favour of industrial action.

An Early Day Motion has been tabled by Tony Lloyd MP in support of the Fujitsu workers.

Peter Skyte, Unite national officer for IT and communications, said: "We still believe that this dispute can only be resolved by Fujitsu sitting down with us to address the issues of jobs, pay and pensions."

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The union said Fujitsu continues to make substantial profits, with a �200 million profit before taxation in 2008, while the parent company is cash rich, having raised over $900 million from a share sale.

Fujitsu employs about 11,500 people in the UK, and has 20 main sites across the country, including Stevenage.

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