Netherlands -Unilever workers walk off their jobs -March 7, 2013

Trade union FNV Bondgenoten has embarked on a series of actions following a breakdown in negotiations to secure decent transfer conditions for Unilever workers scheduled to be outsourced to the catering/services giant Sodexo. Unilever has rejected the trade union demands. Under the terms of a Unilever/Sodexo deal struck in 2012, all Unilever 'facility management services' employees in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Nordic countries, the UK, Ireland and Poland directly employed by Unilever or already outsourced to a service provider will be transferred to Sodexo. These include cleaners, catering workers, security, receptionists etc.



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