Unilever staff in Purfleet join nationwide strike on Friday

HUNDREDS of staff at Unilever in Purfleet are set to go on strike on Friday, joining thousands of their colleagues across the country.

Many will be members of Unite, who are striking over pension arrangements.

A spokesperson told FoodManufacture.co.uk that arrangements had been made so that there would be no impact upon delivery to suppliers.

Both Unite and Unilever have accused each other over changing arrangements regarding pensions.

According to sources, 85% of those voting supported a strike and 92% supported action short of a strike. The 24-hour strike on 9 December is the first time that the Unilever workers have taken national strike action.
Unite is the main union but there are also members of Usdaw and GMB.

The sites affected are in Norwich, Burton, Gloucester, Trafford Park Manchester, Purfleet, Port Sunlight (two sites), Warrington, Crumlin Gwent, Colworth Bedford, Deeside and Leeds.

Unilever manufacture household names such as Pot Noodle, Marmite and PG Tips.

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