Unite condemns ‘spiteful’ move to stop hampers, parties and gifts for staff


Scrooge bosses at Unilever have been accused of being “spiteful” after cancelling Christmas parties for strikers.

More than 2,500 members of Unite, GMB and Usdaw are today striking at Unilever sites across the UK in defence of their pensions. In response, the company has said it will cancel Christmas parties, hampers and gifts for striking staff.

A spokesperson said: “We felt it would be inappropriate to provide Christmas hampers or gift vouchers to our employees at the sites where industrial action is taking place. Instead we have committed to donating these to one of our national charity partners.”

Unite national officer Janie Formby responded: “First Unilever slash pensions, now they’re cancelling Christmas celebrations. Rather than sitting down with the unions and trying to settle this dispute Unilever seem to be acting like a modern day scrooge.

“The company has a proud history of decency, this spiteful behaviour is very bad for their reputation.”

* Our coverage of today’s strikes are here.

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