WORKERS for IT giant Fujitsu will take part in a four day strike at its Crewe site in a long-running dispute over plans to axe one in five jobs and pension cuts.
Unite members began the first 24-hour strike from midnight on today and will strike again on Monday, April 24.
There will also be a 48-hour strike starting at midnight on Thursday, April 20.
The dispute centres on pay, pensions, job security and union recognition - and takes place against a background of Fujitsu’s plans to axe and offshore 1,800 jobs in the UK.
Fujitsu made £85.6 million profit in the last financial year. Unite argues that an ill-considered move to cut and offshore jobs jeopardises the viability of the existing business.
Unite national officer Ian Tonks said: “The previous four days of strike action generated strong support from workers determined to stand up for their jobs and livelihoods.
“The way Fujitsu is treating its workforce and keeping them in the dark over its plans for the future is beyond contempt.
“This is a workforce that has worked hard to make Fujitsu in the UK highly profitable, yet their reward is job cuts and pension reductions, while the company frustrates Unite’s attempts to minimise compulsory redundancies.
“Fujitsu needs to start seriously engaging with Unite to avoid further industrial action, which could stretch into the summer.
“It is in danger of suffering severe reputational damage and will no longer be able to masquerade as a ‘responsible business’.”
Workers at Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham, Bracknell, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield and Warrington will also strike.
Four days of strikes took place in February and March 2017. A Fujitsu spokesman refused to comment.