Purfleet Unilver workers to picket AGM over pension shortfall

PURFLEET employees from multinational firm Unilever are to protest outside the company’s annual meeting over plans to scrap their final salary pension scheme.

Employees from plants across the UK will demonstrate outside the meeting in London, warning the move will cost them thousands of pounds reports the Express and Star.

Jennie Formby, national officer of Unite, said: “Workers are horrified by Unilever’s attack on their pension.”

She continued: “These changes will make a massive difference to workers’ retirements. This attack is just greed by Unilever. Shutting down a decent pension scheme will wash the retirement plans of 5,000 workers down the drain.

“Our members are rightly angry over Unilever’s betrayal and they will not back down until these changes are stopped. Unilever must understand, they are not going to get away with this without a fight.”

Allan Black, national officer of the GMB, added: “GMB members at Unilever unanimously agreed to totally oppose the attacks as completely unjustified when Unilever is such a wealthy company.

“They also made it very clear that they may want to be balloted for industrial action if the company continues with it plans.”

Workers from sites including Port Sunlight in Wirral, Warrington in Cheshire, Leeds, Crumlin in South Wales, Gloucester, Manchester and Norwich will join the Purfleet employees taking part in the protest.

Read more: http://www.expressandstar.com/business/city-news/2011/05/11/unilever-workers-to-protest-at-agm/#ixzz1M1c7UJcI

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