Fujitsu workers strike over move of jobs to US

Workers at a Birmingham factory, owned by Japanese manufacturing giant Fujitsu, held a 24-hour strike in protest at jobs being switched to the US.

About 150 members of the Communication Workers Union at the Birmingham plant were involved in the walkout.

Jeannie Drake, the union's deputy general secretary, said: "We are bitterly disappointed that progress has not been achieved through negotiations with the company on achieving a solution for these manufacturing workers.

"Staff feel let down that their loyalty to this company has been rewarded with the threat of job losses and will be demonstrating the strength of their feelings through strike action."

National officer Grace Mitchell added: "The way that staff have been treated is extremely disappointing after all these years of loyal service. Staff are not prepared to sit back and allow the company to cut these vital manufacturing jobs."

Further industrial action short of strike, such as refusing to work overtime, will be held when the strike finishes.

Image: Jeannie Drake, deputy general secretary of the Communication Workers Union

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