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Collective bargaining negotiations in Omsk, Russia deadlocked once again

Unilever management at Russia’s biggest ice cream factory in Omsk, Russia has again driven the collective bargaining process into deadlock despite the patience and good will shown by IUF Novoprof members. Earlier this year, the union suspended its campaign for

Posted in Collective bargaining, Ice cream, Uncategorized

Selloffs and cash cows

Over the past two years Unilever has been accelerating the selloff of food brands and manufacturing facilities. From 2000-2010 this was called the “Path to Growth” and “One Unilever”, a process which shrunk the company’s brands from 1,600 to less

Posted in Food, Spreads

Unilever UK takes an axe to wages, hours, pensions and union rights at Purfleet

Management at the Purfleet spreads factory has presented Unite with what amounts to an ultimatum to accept devastating reductions in employment, pay and benefits, an increased working week with reduced possibilities for meaningful time off, large redundancies and a reduction

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Posted in Collective bargaining, Food, Spreads, Trade union rights, UK

IUF welcomes affiliation of new independent union at Unilever Foods Pakistan

A recently formed independent union at the Unilever Foods plant in Pakistan has joined the IUF-affiliated Pakistan Food Workers’ Federation (PFWF) further strengthening the Federation’s position as the representative of the vast majority of Unilever workers across the country. The

Posted in Pakistan

FAWU on strike at two Unilever South Africa sites

Members of the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) at the Unilever Foods Solutions and tea factories in Pietermaritzburg have been on strike since January 17 in disputes over wages and the company’s unilateral job reclassification scheme, which will move

Posted in Collective bargaining, South Africa

Unilever Omsk workers mobilize in fight for wage negotiations

In May 2012 women workers packing ice cream at Unilever’s Inmarko factory in Omsk (Siberia) struck for 3 days demanding union recognition and a return to direct employment. Their jobs had been outsourced to an agency but they continued performing

Posted in Collective bargaining, Ice cream, Russia, Trade union rights

Agreement ends strike with improved compensation for outsourced Netherlands Unilever workers

FNV Bondgenoten members who will be outsourced to Sodexo [1] on May 1 ended their strike on April 9 with a spirited demo at Unilever headquarters while a new international support action by South African IUF members was taking place

Posted in Netherlands

Outsourced Netherlands Unilever workers in week 5 of industrial action

Striking Unilever workers seeking just compensation for their transfer to Sodexo made a dramatic appearance at the FNV Bondgenoten Congress in the Hague on March 21, calling on the company to meet their demands. Union members are now in their

Posted in Netherlands

Rights agenda widens at global Unilever meetings/Precarious work continues to be rolled back

Tough conflicts have marked the IUF engagement with Unilever, but the process has brought tangible results. On the eve of the meeting the IUF and its members at Unilever’s Kecap Bango joint venture in Subang, Indonesia secured over 600 new

Posted in Global, Indonesia, Netherlands

Indonesia: union secures permanent jobs for 600 casuals at Unilever joint venture

More than 600 casual and contract workers will shift to permanent positions at Unilever’s Kecap Bango joint venture in Subang, Indonesia. For hundreds of workers employed through labour hire agencies for the past 10 years it is a life-changing breakthrough

Posted in Indonesia