Unilever – hands off our pensions!

January 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm (Jim D, pensions, solidarity, unions, Unite the union, workers)

The pensions battle hits the private sector. Unilever workers, organised by Unite and the GMB, have begun an eleven-day series of rolling strikes across the company’s twelve sites in England and Wales.

From the Unite website:

Unilever – hands off our pensions!

Many of the world’s biggest companies are using the recession to attack workers’ pay and pensions. Yet they are still making healthy profits and returning dividends to shareholders. At Unilever, workers are standing up for what is theirs – and they need your help.

Join our campaign
  • Send a protest letter to Unilever to stop these pension changes – template letter and email to CEO Paul Polman here
  • Email your message of support to: unileverhandsoffourpensions@unitetheunion.org
  • Letter from Len McCluskey to Unilever’s shareholders here
  • Please consider donating to Unilever workers’ strike fund. You can do this by sending a cheque made payable to “Unite the Union –Unilever” to: Jennie Formby, 128 Theobalds Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN.
Unilever is planning a massive attack on our members’ pensions- watch the video below for more information:
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The food and household goods giant, whose brands include PG Tips, Marmite, Pot Noodle, Dove, Comfort and Surf, plans to close it final salary pension scheme that its long-serving staff have worked hard for and break its promise to protect their pensions. The Company wants to transfer current members to the inferior Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) scheme from 1 July 2012.  But they also want to make more detrimental changes to the existing CARE scheme so everyone loses. Shutting down the scheme will wash the retirement plans of 7,000 workers down the drain – one worker has already estimated he will lose a massive £150,000 from his pension pot if he lives for just 15 years after he retires!
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Victory to the Unilever workers!

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