Last updated: Thursday 30th July 2020
TMUK Volume information
FMUK has received volume information from our customer (TMUK). The information looks very positive and indicates an increase in volume for September/October. The data also shows, the following production Saturdays:
- Saturday 5th September 2020 (Blue Shift)
- Saturday 19th September 2020 (Red Shift)
- Saturday 3rd October 2020 (Blue Shift)
- Saturday 17th October 2020 (Red Shift ) – Will be confirmed in September
Other Key Points:
- Our annual calendar has been revised to reflect the above changes, and will be available in the group areas, notice boards and company website.
- Members unable to attend work on these days, will need to complete an unpaid leave request form. This will be approved on a “first come, first serve” basis and in line with the standard holiday allowance for your respective departments.
- Our next stock take is schedule to take place on 29th September 2020. Members required will be notified after the shutdown.
Next Year’s August Shutdown (FY21/22)
- Our customer (TMUK) has also confirmed, that next year (FY21/22) they will be having a 3 weeks August shutdown. This is instead of the standard two weeks. The reasons for this change is still unclear. Further details will be provided once received from the customer.
- As a sequence supplier, FMUK unfortunately has no choice but to do exactly the same. As such we will require members to have a 3 weeks August shutdown next year.
- Following discussions with the works council, and to reduce the impact to our members flexible holiday entitlements, members will be allowed to carry over 5 days of their flexible entitlement from FY20/21 into FY21/22.
TMUK Shift Change (Day and Afternoon Shift Patterns):
- TMUK has now confirmed they intend to go ahead with the changes from January 2021.
- The senior management team, in consultation with the works council will start assessing the impact of the change after the shutdown.
- Members will be kept up to date with progress in a timely fashion
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR):
- Volumes still low and very much unchanged.
- Forecast is to run x1 shift for August and September
- Further volume information and any changes to production plans will be shared in due course
COVID-19 Travel Guidelines
On the 10th July, the government published its new Covid-19 international travel guidance. The new guidance, provides a list of countries and territories which no longer pose a high risk for British travellers. British residents can now travel to these countries/territories, without the need to self-quarantine for 14 days following their return into the UK.
The latest guidance however, still advises against non-essential international travel, except to countries and territories listed within the publication. In the interest of our members safety, and following collective consultation with your employee representatives, the following expectations as detailed within the below document will apply.
Vacancy for a Works Council Representative on Blue shift
FMUK would like to take opportunity to remind members that there is a vacancy for a Works Council Representative on Blue shift.
The Works Council Representative role is a position for two years and allows the opportunity to become directly involved in the Works Council Process.
The position allows members to support the following:
- Employee Engagement
- Supporting communication between the workforce and the senior management team
- Promoting positive change
- Events planning
- Debating Current Workforce Issues
- Representing members in disciplinary and grievance cases
- Developing employment law knowledge
Members who are interested in understanding the role further or would like an application form, please see a Works Council Representative, a Supervisor or a member of the HR team.
Completed application forms need to be handed to your controller or a member of the HR team by end of your shift on Friday 17th July 2020.
Summer Funday 2020
The Futaba Summer Fun Days are a great way to meet up with colleagues and their families to let our hair down, have fun, and most importantly entertaining the children, whilst raising a little money for the charities closest to our hearts and communities.
This year, although the COVID-19 “R” number seems stable and the infection rates & death rates are reducing every week, the Senior Management Team have taken the decision to sadly cancel the Summer Fun Day for this year.
I hope you can understand how and why we came to this decision.
We have though, asked the Works Council & Union to think about what we could do with some of the provisions set aside for the fun-day to support the local charities and treat the children who have unfortunately missed out this year.
If you would like to suggest anything, please speak to your local Works Council or Union member or mention it to your line manager who will pass on your thoughts.
We will obviously keep you informed when we come up with a plan.
Hopefully, by next Summer we can be having the Fun-day in person & making some great memories.
Please see the letter below from Futaba President Yoshiki-san.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Since the video message from Kevin Schofield (Managing Director FMUK) was issued on 27th March – we have been actively working on the Government Coronavirus job retention scheme.
This scheme enables employers to place members on ‘Furlough leave’, this means that employees can be put on a leave of absence from the company, and the company can claim for 80% of the employees usual monthly average wage costs, up to a maximum £2500 per month gross, which will be paid directly to each member.
For the number of employees at FMUK, we need to process this through a collective agreement. As part of this the following steps are being taken :
- FMUK’s formal collective agreement regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was issued to the employee representatives at both sites following agreement from the company solicitors yesterday.
- All members – Collective agreement accepted by Works Council.
On our video message today from Kevin he had a request that, although you are all Furloughed if you contracted the virus or was hospitalised through the virus to please inform the absence line via a family member if you are too ill to ring yourself. We need this information to assess our return to work risk assessment so please keep us informed.
Any Other Business
We will regularly update the frequently asked questions on this website
Please contact the absence line on 01283 585235 with any additional queries and we will respond as soon as possible.
Please remember to keep us informed via the absence line if you have contracted the virus – please stay safe.
Please see the government website for the latest advice: