Unilever staff prepare for strike
Wednesday 07 December 2011
Workers at consumer goods giant Unilever are finalising plans for their first ever strike as part of a widespread day of action over pensions.
More than 2,500 employees at sites across the country will walk out for 24 hours on Friday and mount picket lines in areas including Port Sunlight on the Wirral, Purfleet in Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Burton-on-Trent and Chester.
Unions said the strike will hit production of Unilever's brands including Dove, Marmite, PG Tips, Pot Noodle and Hellmans Mayonnaise.
The dispute is over plans to axe the company's final salary pension scheme from next summer, which unions say will slash the retirement income of thousands of staff by up to 40%.
Jennie Formby, Unite national officer, said: "Thousands of our members will walk out on Friday to show their disgust at Unilever's unacceptable attack on their pensions.
"Their pension fund is financially robust and yet Unilever, a highly profitable company, has shown little willingness to negotiate seriously to avert this dispute.
"This is a disgraceful incidence of a wealthy global company using the recession as cover to raid the pensions of the less well- off.
"Unite is demanding that Unilever reconsiders its plans. The company is being driven by nothing other than wanton greed, putting its profit and shareholders first at the expense of the staff who have worked so hard to make Unilever the global money maker it is today.
"Unite remains ready and willing to talk at any time."
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
- 5 Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of 'cure'
Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
Oscar de la Renta dead: Legendary US fashion designer dies after long cancer battle aged 82
Oscar Pistorius: The brutal prison life that awaits disgraced athlete
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake online report claiming artist's identity has been revealed
Super-sized ships arrive in Britain: How big can they get?
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments
iJobs Money & Business
£23000 per annum + pension and 22 days holiday: Ashdown Group: An established ...
£27000 per annum + pension, 22 days holiday: Ashdown Group: An established ind...
£23000 - £26000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...
£25 - 30k: Guru Careers: A Corporate Actions Administrator / Operations Admini...