Fujitsu employee - “It was completely out of the blue, no one was expecting it”

Fujitsu building on the Strand Road.
Fujitsu building on the Strand Road.

Up to 20 employees at a Derry IT company could lose their jobs, The Sunday Journal has learned.

Workers at Fujitsu’s Strand Road building received emails on Monday informing them that their jobs are at risk.

A Fujitsu worker, who asked not to be named, said she was upset when she received the news.

“It was completely out of the blue,” she said.

“No one was expecting it. I don’t know what I would do if I lost my job. I’ve worked really hard to get here and studied for all of the qualifications. I simply don’t know where I’d go if I lost my job with Fujitsu, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

The company entered into a 30 day consultation process with all affected employees on February 20. The extent of job losses at the Derry site will be known after the process is complete.

Fujitsu employ 189 in Derry of which 45 work for their Business Application Services (BAS) division. The Sunday Journal understands that 20 out of the 45 local BAS jobs are at risk of redundancy.

Secretary for Derry’s Trades Council and chair of UNITE in Derry, Liam Gallagher said that job losses at Fujitsu would contribute to the already “depressing” unemployment figures in the city.

“With the potential bad news from Fujitsu and the possible threat to jobs at the Queen’s Quay site, this will add to the depressing unemployment situation in Derry. Unless there is serious urgent intervention the drip-drip of job losses will see unemployment go into double percentage figures by 2013.”

A Fujitsu spokesperson said: “Fujitsu is a major international company and restructuring is a normal part of business as we maintain efficiency and effectiveness and provide the best value for our customers.”