Union members working for Fujitsu in Crewe have walked out in their long-running row over jobs and pension cuts.
They are talking part in a 48 hour strike, along with workers at sites in Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham, Bracknell, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield and Warrington.
The action takes place against a background of Fujitsu’s plans to axe and offshore 1,800 jobs in the UK.
Unite national officer Ian Tonks said: “The way Fujitsu is treating its workforce and keeping them in the dark over its plans for the future is beyond contempt.
“This is a workforce that has worked hard to make Fujitsu in the UK highly profitable, yet their reward is job cuts and pension reductions, while the company frustrates Unite’s attempts to minimise compulsory redundancies.
“Fujitsu needs to start seriously engaging with Unite to avoid further industrial action, which could stretch into the summer.
“It is in danger of suffering severe reputational damage and will no longer be able to masquerade as a ‘responsible business’.”