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PCS reaches agreement with Fujitsu

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) working for Fujitsu have voted in favour of an offer to end a dispute over jobs, pay and pensions. PCS members had threatened to take industrial action unless their demands were met which would have caused disruption to large scale government IT services in HMRC, ONS and DVLA.

Under the agreement no PCS member will be made compulsorily redundant. The agreement also gives further assurances on pension provision, together with a new collective bargaining agreement that extends to all PCS members.

On pay, the union has managed to secure a pay award for over 80% of its members for 2009, despite Fujitsu's intention to freeze pay.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: "This agreement yet again shows the value of a strong trade union to workers. Through their determination our members have defended their jobs and working conditions and put the union in a much stronger position to represent them in the future. We call on Fujitsu and all employers to stop attacking workers' jobs and focus instead on maintaining high quality jobs and services."

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Notes to editors:

For further information, interviews and comment please contact Alex Flynn PCS national press officer on 020 7801 2747 or 07833 978216.

PCS, the Public and Commercial Services Union is the union representing civil and public servants in central government. It has more than 300,000 members in over 200 departments and agencies. It also represents workers in parts of government transferred to the private sector. PCS is the UK's sixth largest union and is affiliated to the TUC. The general secretary is Mark Serwotka and the president is Janice Godrich.

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