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Fujitsu IT workers to look for strike negotiations?

Employees for Fujitsu working on government contracts are not happy about a pay rise offer.

02 September 2011

Some 65 per cent of IT workers employed by Fujitsu on government contracts have voted to go on strike.

On a 63 per cent turnout, 85 per cent also backed some form of protest.

Union bargaining may now be required in order to ensure that the employees do not take to the picket line.

The reason for their displeasure is that they have only been offered a pay rise of between 1.5 and 2.5 per cent and industrial action could now take place in both September and October.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union - which has around 290,000 members, said: "With some staff paid less in a year than executives can pick up as a bonus, Fujitsu's pay offer is insultingly low."

He added ministers need to stop "washing their hands" of issues such as unacceptable pay increases when it comes to outsourced contractors.

Posted by Ken Hayes

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