Menu
Fujitsu denies discrimination allegations as new strike hits

Fujitsu denies discrimination allegations as new strike hits

Company provides information to union

Fujitsu has provided new information on staff targeted for redundancy, following claims by the Unite union of possible racial or sexual discrimination.

Unite today began another strike over planned redundancies and changes to pensions. Major Fujitsu contracts, including Marks & Spencer, Vodafone, the Home Office, HM Revenue & Customs, the Financial Services Authority, and the Post Office, have been targetted.

The strikes were "bound to have affected" some of Fujitsu's customers, according to Iain Smith, of IT human resources consultancy Diaz Research. He told Computerworld UK: "What companies need to remember is that just because they outsource, it doesn't mean they lose their HR issues."

HMRC said it had put "contingency plans" into place. The Post Office said "none" of its IT infrastructure had been affected so far. M&S, Vodafone, the Home Office and the FSA did not immediately comment on whether their IT services had been hit.

The discrimination allegation, if proved, could be embarrassing for Fujitsu, since equal opportunities policies are part of many of its contracts, particularly with the public sector.

Fujitsu said it was "disappointed" in the accusations of discrimination because it continues to act in the interests of equal opportunities, and has always been forthcoming with answers to the union's concerns.

A spokesperson reiterated that the company "would not dream of discriminating" against certain staff, and was judging redundancies based on skill.

In a carefully worded statement, Unite had raised questions over "major discrepancies" it found in the redundancy selection criteria, with the apparent targeting of more non-white and female staff for redundancy than white males. Data had only been provided from Fujitsu's application services division.

The initial day of strike action, in December, marked the first ever national strike in an IT company's UK operations. It was followed by two days of strikes last week, and one on Monday this week.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments