Action in Purfleet, Warrington and Trafford today as unions continue strikes over pensions

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Members of GMB, Unite and Usdaw today continue their action action against Unilever with strikes in Purfleet, Trafford and Warrington.

Today’s action will hit production of leading brands including Hellman’s Mayonnaise, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Flora, PG Tips tea, Persil and Omo.

GMB national officer Alan Black said: “Unilever can afford to sustain the current pension scheme unchanged due to the profitability of the company.

“Trade unions are able to put forward constructive alternative proposals on pensions, but these have never been considered by Unilever, which is why we’re seeking talks with the company possible under the auspices ACAS. The strike action is to secure these talks.”

Unite has released a film revealing the truth behind the “dirty” tactics being used to undermine the pensions of the workforce.

Unilever – not as clean as it claims reveals how the world’s third largest consumer products company pays its CEO Paul Polman 285 times more than the average worker yet is forcing through plans that will see UK workers’ pensions fall by between 20 and 40 per cent.

Unite says this is a continuation of a global strategy which has seen the company cut jobs and pursue ruthless outsourcing in order to generate wealth for its executives at the expense of the workforce.

It can be viewed on the Unite website or on Youtube.  Unite is urging viewers to send a simple message to CEO Paul Polman, which is “it is time for you to talk”.

Strike action begins at 6.59am running until 24:00 hours on Saturday, 28 January, 2012. This action follows Unilever cancelling planned Christmas celebration for workers taking part in their fight ever strike action last month to defend their pension scheme.

Reiterating the call for Unilever to discuss the pension through conciliation service ACAS, Unite national officer, Jennie Formby said: “The hard working workforce made Unilever into the global giant it is today but consumers will soon know the company better for its greedy pensions snatch than its products.

“This film will be a best seller – it will be viewed millions of times. We urge shoppers to watch it and support workers in their fight to protect the pensions promises made to them.

“Unilever need to clean up their act.  Get back round the table before you ruin the business’ reputation for good.”

Strikes are scheduled at different sites across the UK for the next ten days.


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