Manufacturing workers at Fujitsu’s Birmingham plant have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in response to the company’s threat to move production overseas.
In a 77% turnout the members of the communications workers union (CWU) voted for two forms of industrial action - non-cooperation action was voted for unanimously while strike action was voted for by 68 votes to 1.
The site, which is near the NEC, will lose its manufacturing base – including mobile phone production - with 140 local workers losing their jobs, leaving only the research and development facility.
The company plans that by September of this year manufacturing will have moved to the USA, and workers have said they have seen people measuring up machinery for their transport to the new site.
Jeannie Drake, CWU deputy general secretary, said: ‘This is a phenomenal result which clearly conveys the strong feeling of employees at the Fujitsu plant.
‘These loyal employees are devastated that the company is threatening to axe their jobs when they have stuck by the company and helped to make the plant highly efficient.
‘We have been in talks with the company to try and reach a solution which sustains work for manufacturing employees at Birmingham Fujitsu.
‘We will continue to seek the best outcome for affected employees, but Fujitsu shouldn’t be under any illusions about our intentions to take industrial action unless serious progress is achieved.’