Workers at Fujitsu’s Birmingham Business Park have been balloted over a strike resolution after it was announced the company was to move manufacturing to Texas.
The ballot, organised by the Communications Workers Union (CWU), took place on 2nd May, and the result will be announced on May 14th.
The site, which is near the NEC, will lose its manufacturing base leaving only the research and development facility; this would lead to 140 local workers losing their jobs.
According to the CWU the site had already been graded as one of the most efficient in Fujitsu’s worldwide benchmark, and recently the Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited to congratulate the management for successfully bringing in high skilled workers from abroad.
The company plans that by September of this year manufacturing will have moved to the USA, and workers have said they have seen people measuring up machinery for their transport to the new site. This has led the CWU to claim the 90-day consultation the company is to have with staff is ‘phoney’.
The news that Fujitsu plans to export their manufacturing follows in the wake of MG Rover, HP and Cadburys making similar moves to outsource production from the UK, drastically reducing the manufacturing industry in the Midlands.