Feeds

Fujitsu staff clash with bosses over pay freeze

Frozen realm of Narnia IT services

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Fujitsu Services employees are up in arms after the company's management announced a pay freeze.

A memo was dished out to the firm's Blighty-based workers earlier this week, in which Fujitsu's UK boss Richard Christou outlined "the need to take action now to protect our business."

He blamed the economic downturn for the company's decision to backtrack on pay reviews that were supposed to kick off on 1 April 2009.

A Fujitsu spokesman told The Register that the firm had taken "a reluctant move that is really a prudent measure."

He confirmed the annual salary review had been scrapped throughout Europe where the company, which is a subsidiary of Japanese technology giant Fujitsu Limited, employs around 21,000 staff.

"We know people will be disappointed [by the pay freeze] but we're not the first to do it, and we certainly won't be the last given the state of the economy right now," he said.

However, Fujitsu workers have reacted angrily to the company's U-turn on pay and a petition has so far been signed by over 350 disgruntled employees at the firm.

"One minute the company are saying we are on track to making a nice profit, then next, they are blaming the economic downturn and wanting to send all the cash to Japan," an anonymous source told El Reg.

We asked the Fujitsu spokesman if jobs could be under threat at the company.

"We have no intention of doing that, but equally we can't say there won't be job cuts in the future," he said.

The pay freeze is the latest blow to Fujitsu staff. Late last summer the IT services provider told workers not to expect bonuses following the firm's loss of an multi-million pound contract for the UK's NHS National Programme for IT. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst
Big weekend queues only represent fruity firm's supply
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes
'I certainly never expected to become rich ... this is surreal'
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
Stand down, FTC... you can put your feet up for a bit
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.