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UK employees at scandal-hit Fujitsu agency to strike tomorrow over pay

Employees employed for Fujitsu Companies within the West Midlands are taking strike motion tomorrow (Wednesday) after receiving a pay rise nearly 10 instances lower than their Japanese counterparts.

The economic dispute is separate from the Publish Workplace scandal which the know-how agency has been embroiled in, having offered the defective Horizon IT system that led to discrepancies in department accounts which postmasters had been wrongly blamed for. 

Greater than 300 Public and Business Companies (PCS) members working predominantly for HMRC at Stratford and Telford are concerned within the separate industrial motion, which comes after Fujitsu employees within the UK had been supplied a 3-4% pay rise, nearly ten instances lower than their Japanese counterparts who had been supplied a 29% improve.

The walkout will happen from January 17, with members working in IT roles fixing HMRC computer systems to take further motion from January 18 to February 15. Some putting workers are additionally answerable for defending important HMRC excessive finish consumer programs.

Throughout a enterprise choose committee listening to as we speak, spokesperson for the tech firm, Paul Patterson, apologised on behalf of the agency and stated it had a “ethical obligation” to contribute to a redress scheme for Publish Workplace victims.

The Horizon developer has acquired £6.8 billion in public contracts since 2012, regardless of findings that the corporate’s software program was answerable for the faults within the Publish Workplace scandal. 

MPs have known as for a moratorium on Fujitsu public sector contracts following the Publish Workplace miscarriage of justice and a petition has been launched calling to ban the agency from holding authorities contracts. 

PCS Common Secretary, Mark Serwotka, questioned why the UK Authorities gave contracts to the agency given its discrepancy in a pay rise to UK employees.

“Why is the UK authorities giving Fujitsu profitable contracts when the corporate treats its UK employees so badly?” stated Serwotka.

“Why is it that employees in Japan are deemed worthy of a pay rise nearly ten instances greater than these within the UK? 

“Fujitsu made £22m revenue final yr within the UK, so it will possibly afford to pay our members an honest wage – it simply chooses to not. 

“Our authorities ought to be standing up for our members, demanding a good pay rise in keeping with Japanese employees.” 

In response to the strike motion, a Fujitsu spokesperson stated: “Fujitsu might be taking all crucial steps to make sure operational continuity for all our clients and are working carefully with these clients all through the planning course of.”

These hoping to finish their self-assessment tax returns by 31 January may face disruption from the walkout resulting from IT disruption.

(Picture credit score: JiriMatejicek – Artistic Commons)

Hannah Davenport is information reporter at Left Foot Ahead, specializing in commerce unions and environmental points

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