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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 January 2012

Unilever workers say hands off our pensions

Iain Dalton, Yorkshire Socialist Party

Unilever's attempt to scrap its workforce's final salary pension scheme, which will affect 5,000 workers, is being vigorously opposed. On 9 December, workers at 11 sites across the country shut down production with huge numbers taking part in the picket lines. At the Croespenmaen Pot Noodle factory in Wales, all bar one shop floor worker were present at the picket lines, with large vibrant pickets taking place elsewhere in the country.

After the demonstration outside the company's headquarters on 9 January, Unite, Usdaw and GMB called rolling action from 17 January, which will again involve 2,500 workers at sites in Purfleet, Port Sunlight, Warrington, Leeds, Crumlin, Gloucester, Manchester, Burton-on-Trent and Ewloe in Wales.

So far the company has refused to meet the unions or to go to the conciliation service Acas. Closing the scheme to new entrants in 2008 was supposed to ensure the scheme's long term future. Yet only a few years later the Unilever tops, like the Con-Dem government, are coming back for more, determined to make ordinary workers suffer at the expense of the wealthy 1%.

Future action should be co-ordinated alongside those public sector workers still fighting to defend their pensions.

The message of the unions must be clear: all workers deserve a decent pension, not the misery of pensioner poverty.


See also Unilever strike: 'It's us that make them their money!'

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