Jobs scare at Fujitsu

Fujitsu offices on the Strand Road.
Fujitsu offices on the Strand Road.
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Up to ten jobs could go at a Derry I.T. firm, The Sunday Journal understands.

Workers at Fujitsu’s Strand Road offices were told earlier this week that the company had lost a contract with large European frozen food company, Iglo, to a rival service provider in London.

The Sunday Journal understands that Fujitsu employed 10 people to work on the contract. Now that Fujitsu no longer have the contract, all employees have been told that they can either move to London and work for the new supplier or face the risk of redundancy.

“Moving to London is just not viable for me,” said one of the effected employees, who asked not to be named.

“I have a family here, I am settled here - I have no idea what’s going to happen next.”

A Fujitsu spokesperson confirmed the loss of the Iglo contract and said that if those effected decide not to move to London the company will “support them in looking for other roles within Fujitsu”.

“Fujitsu can confirm that Iglo have decided to change supplier and that we are currently in a transition period. The employees currently working on the contract have the option of moving to the same role under TUPE [transfer of undertakings] with the new supplier. For those who do not wish to move we will support them in looking for other roles within Fujitsu.”

Secretary of Derry Trades Council, Liam Gallagher, said more clarity is needed on the decision by Fujitsu to offer the staff affectedthe chance to transfer to the rival service provider under TUPE legislation.

“The cost of living in London is much greater than the cost of living in Derry therefore should any of the employees move to London, would they be given pay increases etc? These questions have to be asked because TUPE is there to ensure that the employee’s terms and condition are no less favourable with a new company. Will this be the case if employees working Derry decide to go and work in London?”