Members of the Unite union at Fujitsu are balloting for industrial action ballot on jobs, pay and pensions.

The union represents more than 1500 staff at Fujitsu claims that proposed pension scheme change would reduce the total pay package of each employee by typically around 20 percent.

The ballot will begin on Monday 12th October, with the result due at the beginning of November.

The ballot follows and earlier consultative vote at the IT services company against palns to close the company’s main final salary pension scheme and the impose a pay freeze.

In the consultative vote, 87 per cent of members voted in favour of strike action and 96 per cent in favour of industrial action short of a strike.

Peter Skyte, Unite National Officer, said: “Unite members are asking why they should lose their jobs and tighten their belts when last year the company paid out about £150m to shareholders and around £1.6m to two directors as compensation for loss of office.

“Fujitsu remains a highly profitable company and our members are insisting that the company must treat them fairly and increase pay, provide decent pensions, and consult meaningfully to minimise job losses and avoid compulsory redundancy.”