Netherlands -Striking workers at Unilever win better deal -April 15, 2013

Workers at Unilever who went on strike last month to protest against the company’s plans to outsource the facility management services employees to Sodexo (see March newsletter) have closed an agreement with Unilever. The workers demanded a transfer of working conditions to their new employer, which Unilever initially refused. After six weeks of strike, Unilever agreed to enter negotiations. On 12 May, the striking workers accepted a deal, which includes improved pension compensation for transferred employees serving up to ten years with Sodexo, a three year job guarantee and a safeguard against split shifts.



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