Unite has notified Fujitsu of plans to ballot members working at the IT companies Crewe sit for strike action, over the victimisation of union activist Alan Jenny.
The action would take place on 30th June and could impact a number of its contracts, including with the Home Office, HM Revenue & Customs, Marks & Spencer and the Post Office according to Computer World. The work carried out at Crewe covers programming and software and hardware solutions.
Unite says that Fujitsu has singled out union rep Alan Jenney and put him at risk of redundancy, whereas it has helped to redeploy other staff where possible.
Unite also said that Fujitsu has breached company processes and agreements in the way it had dealt with Jenney’s situation. Alan Jenney has been working as an IT professional for Fujitsu for 17 years.
Unite National Officer Kevin O’Gallagher said: “All our members are asking is for Alan to be treated like so many other employees and supported into redeploying into another role, rather than singled out for redundancy. Members have made clear they will not tolerate the victimisation of union reps, and they have the full backing of Unite in this stance”.
Fujitsu declined to comment on Jenny’s case except to say: “We are aware of the Union’s intention to ballot its members but we are not able to comment on any specific cases regarding an individual being at risk of redundancy”.