Birmingham-based Fujitsu workers gave notice today that they will strike over plans to move their jobs overseas.
Fujitsu plans to move its manufacturing base, including mobile phone production, to America, leaving only the research and development facilities at the midlands site. The proposed move will affect 150 workers.
Deputy general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) Jeannie Drake said: ‘We are bitterly disappointed that despite a great deal of time invested in negotiation, the premise for a deal with the company has not been found.
‘Talks will continue, but manufacturing workers in Birmingham will be escalating this campaign through strike action.’
Grace Mitchell, the national official leading the negotiations, said: ‘In the circumstances, the members have been as patient as they can be. Strike action is a last resort for workers in this plant who have been loyal to the company over many years.
‘We offered an eleventh hour solution that would have avoided the need for industrial action, but Fujitsu was unable to commit enough in negotiations. We will continue to work tirelessly to achieve a deal which keeps manufacturing jobs in Birmingham.’
Strike action will take place on Monday 9 June.