The campaign against a pay freeze and the closure of the main final salary pension scheme to existing members at IT giant Fujitsu enters a new phase this week.
The Unite and PCS unions are both beginning consultative industrial action ballots of their members across the UK.
The company cancelled pay rises just a week before they were to take effect, then announced record profits of more than double those the previous year.
Some £1.6 million was paid out to two directors as “compensation for loss of office”.
The parent company paid out around £150 million in dividends to shareholders.
Fujitsu added fuel to the fire by proposing to dismiss almost 4,000 employees and re-engage them on new contracts—without their final salary pensions.
Unite membership across the company has grown by over 20 percent already this year, meetings have been taking place at sites across the country and members have elected a new national combine committee to coordinate the campaign.
Fujitsu has around 12,000 employees at over 100 sites in the UK, including Stevenage, Manchester, Crewe, Belfast, Wakefield, Solihull, Slough, Warrington, Cardiff, Bristol, Newcastle and London.
The company provides IT services to many government departments and major companies.
The campaign is breaking new ground for union organisation in the company. Previous disputes have only involved the Manchester site, which already has union recognition.
This is also the first time there has been the prospect of coordinated action between Unite and PCS in Fujitsu.