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Redundancy Selection & Scoring: "Major Discrepancies" At Fujitsu

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Unite union claims that IT services company may have selected "a disproportionate number of women, part-time and ethnic minority workers" for , as the fourth day of strike action came to a close yesterday.

Unite say it has identified "major discrepancies in  scoring and selection" in the company's Application Services capability unit, which has around 1,500 employees out of a total workforce of around 11,500.

The union has disclosed the following  selection and scoring data for the unit:

  • 6.7% of women were selected for compulsory , compared to 3.7% of men;
     
  • 10.4% of Indians were selected, as against 3.9% for all other groups;
  • 9.1% of part-timers (those working less than 35 hours per week) were selected, compared to 3.9% for full-timers;
  • The company awarded a score of "4" (the highest) on the "critical skills" criterion to 4.46% of women and 18.41% of men.  The probability of this distribution happening by chance in an unbiased scoring is 0.00000002% (about one in 40,000,000).  This is several times less likely than getting six numbers on the UK Lotto on the first attempt;
  • The company awarded low (0 to 2) scores for the "critical skills" criterion to 59.3% of part-time workers, compared to 35.1% of full-time workers.  The probability of this distribution happening by chance in an unbiased scoring is 0.001% (approximately 1 in 130,000); &
  • The company awarded low (0 to 2.5) scores for the "business considerations and commitments" criterion to 21.63% of white employees and 43.38% of non-white employees.  The probability of this distribution happening by chance in an unbiased scoring is 0.000008% (approximately 1 in 12,000,000).

The company has refused to provide data for the other five parts of the company that were put at risk of .

Peter Skyte, Unite national officer for IT and communications, said: "We are disturbed to find that a disproportionate number of women, part-time and ethnic minority workers appear to have been selected for  at , but have had no meaningful response from the company to our queries on this.

"This strengthens our case for a fairer, open and more transparent pay system which we also suspect may be masking potential ."

Unite has scheduled two more days of strike action on 14-15 January over proposals for 1,000  in the UK, a pay freeze imposed last year, and plans by the company to close the main final salary pension scheme to future accrual, reducing the total pay package of each affected employee by around 20%.

It highlights continues to make substantial profits - £200 million pre-tax in 2008 - while the parent company is cash-rich, having raised over $900 million from a share sale.

Peter Skyte says: "Other IT companies are dealing with similar issues in a much more constructive way and the approach taken by  to date treats its highly skilled workforce as a disposable commodity rather than its most important asset."

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