‘Hammer blow’ as IT giant axes jobs

Fujitsu are planning to axe 1,800 jobs at sites across the UK, including Wakefield

Fujitsu are planning to axe 1,800 jobs at sites across the UK, including Wakefield

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UP to 1,800 jobs at computer giant Fujitsu are facing the axe, including a number in Yorkshire, in what unions said was a “hammer blow” for the British economy.

Around 18 per cent of Fujitsu’s UK workforce could lose their jobs at sites across the UK, including Wakefield, Belfast, Manchester and Warrington.

Unite national officer for IT Ian Tonks said: “This is a hammer blow for these hardworking employees who have given their all to make the UK subsidiary highly profitable.

“It is not good news for the UK economy as the company says it intends to offshore many of these jobs, with increased automation also responsible for job losses. Fujtsu’s main UK subsidiary made £85.6m profit last year and we see no reason for these job losses.”

The move came as workers in Manchester are voting in an industrial action ballot over pay, pensions and job security.

The company said the move was unrelated to the Brexit vote or any domestic issues and no jobs would go until 2017.

It said: “As part of the programme, Fujitsu plans to streamline operations in order to remain competitive in the market. Proposed measures include changes which would result in a reduction of up to 1,800 jobs in the UK. All affected employees will be offered guidance and support and Fujitsu is establishing a consultation process with elected employee representatives.”

Adam Smith.

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