UNION members employed by Fujitsu Services in Manchester have voted in favour of industrial action in support of a Crewe worker.

The Unite members voted both in favour of strike action and action short of a strike in response to the company's alleged refusal to abide by negotiated agreements and the continued attack on union representatives.

Unite members voted by 85.6% for industrial action short of strike and by 56.4% for strike action.

The union has not yet set strike dates.

The ballot result follows on from Unite supporting union representative, Alan Jenney at an employment tribunal last week.

Unite claims that he has been dismissed due to his union activities.

The verdict on his interim relief claim is expected this week with a full hearing on unfair dismissal being listed for five days next April.

Alan Jenney is a 39-year-old IT professional who lives in Crewe and has worked for Fujitsu for 17 years since leaving full-time education.

Unite has sought to avoid the use of industrial action by utilising ACAS as conciliators but after discussions stretching over weeks little progress has been made.

Kevin O'Gallagher, Unite's national officer for IT and communications said: "Our members have made it loud and clear that they are no longer willing to put up with Fujitsu flouting agreements and leaving union representatives, fearing for their futures when carrying out their legitimate business.

"It is totally wrong to target someone who only wants to support their colleagues at work.

"We urge the company to see sense and resolve the outstanding issues through negotiation."