Staff at Fujitsu Services have voted go on strike after the company proposed to cancel further contributions to its final pension programme.
According to Microscope, 87 per cent of staff at the IT and business services provider voted in favour of industrial action.
The move comes after a series of cost cutting manoeuvres by management at the company. Staff have seen their pay frozen through out 2009, and last week it was revealed that the company would be cutting 1,200 jobs – reducing its workforce by ten per cent.
The latest proposal is that Fujitsu Services will dismiss its entire employee base this month, and offer them new contracts that do not include a pension scheme.
“Fujitsu Services is not struggling or failing. It is a highly profitable and successful company but one which is seeking to take advantage of the recession to attack jobs, pay, pension and conditions,” said the national officer for IT and communications at the Unite trade union, Peter Skyte.
“Our members are insisting that the company should pay fairly and provide decent pensions for all its employees. Following the announcement of 1,200 redundancies, they are now calling for the issue of job cuts to be included in any ballot for formal industrial action.”