United Kingdom -Rally calls on Unilever to save UK pensions -February 16, 2012

On 16 February, some 250 trade union militants from all over Europe turned out at Unilever's Rotterdam headquarters in the Netherlands to protest the world's third largest consumer products company's unrelenting shut-off of a final salary pension scheme for 5,200 UK workers. The manifestation, under the banner “Unilever, Don’t Make Workers Pay for Your Profits”, saw representatives from no less than 23 European union organisations. It was organised by Unilever's European Works Council (EWC) and the European union federations EMCEF and EFFAT. Thousands of workers across the multinational's twelve UK sites have been on strike since December 2011 in protest at pension cuts. Unilever UK management did finally agree to meet with the unions on 9 February, with the assistance of tje ACAS conciliation service, but the company is still adamant on closing the final salary pension scheme effective 1 July 2012 (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 5 January 2012).

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