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Unite announces Unilever strikes

Unite has announced that Unilever employees are to strike in defence of their pension scheme.

16 January 2012

Unilever may need to start strike negotiations and union bargaining, as Unite has announced industrial action will affect all of the enterprise's sites from Wednesday January 18th to Saturday January 28th.

Workers wish to defend their final salary pension scheme, which the company is to close, despite assurances it previously made that it would not do so.

A career average scheme will replace it, which Unite claims will result in the typical employee losing 20 per cent of their retirement savings, with some individuals missing out on up to 40 per cent.

It is thought production of many leading cleaning and food brands could be hit by these stoppages, including Dove, Persil, Pot Noodle, Marmite, Hellman's Mayonnaise, PG Tips and Flora.

"We have repeatedly called upon this company to talk to us about a sensible solution to this dispute," Unite general officer Jennie Formby declared.

Unilever goods are sold around 150 million times every day, making it one of the most successful consumer products businesses in the world.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source: Unite press release, January 16th

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