Full excerpt: IBM employees of the Technical Support Services division (maintenance, planning, support & operation) continue their action, following the management's ploys to break up the movement.
The Technical Support Services division (maintenance, planning, support & operation) of IBM France, whose employees went on strike from 23 to 26 June, is prolonging the action. Client interventions and operations outside of business hours, as well as on-call duties are no longer carried out.
Faced with the employees' refusal to carry out on-call duties this weekend, IBM's management tried to break up the social movement by having Belgian, Romanian and British employees intervene.
To answer this, the TSS employees met this Monday 30 June 2014 at a general assembly called by the trade unions (CFDT, CFTC, CGT, FO, UNSA) and decided to continue the action until the management agrees to come back to the negotiating table. This decision was adopted by a very large majority.
The employees' main demands are a general wage raise, a revision of the on-call duty agreements, and an improvement of the working conditions. Since 2013, two successive layoff plans have led to 1,000 job cuts out of around 9,000 in France, and have deeply damaged working conditions.
II the action were to last longer, it would have a negative impact for IBM France's clients. Some large clients have already expressed their worries regarding IBM's current inability to carry out repair and maintenance operations outside of normal business hours.
The TSS employees organized the nation-wide movement on their own. The trade unions actively assist them and are committed to supporting them for the duration of the protest.
IBM TSS employees demand the following:
The TSS workers organized this strike on their own with the help of France unions. Not all of IBM France is unionized.
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