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Budapest Flash Mob on World Day for Decent Work/ITUC Support in Berlin

07.10.2009

Union members marched to the Unilever Budapest head office to show their solidarity with the Lipton Khanewal workers on the World Day for Decent Work. Participants in the World Day for Decent Work demonstration in Budapest organized by the Hungarian Trade Union Federation (MSZOSZ) and the Metal Workers Federation (VASAS) carried out a "flash mob" when they learned of the Pakistan Casual-T workers and the international campaign.

Some 30 unionists and supporters joined the action by drinking a Lipton tea toast to the health of the injured members of the precarious workers action committee, Abdul Aziz, Shahzad Kaleem and Khizr Hayat…

... after which they threw the tea bags into the trash and handed it to the Hungarian communications director of Unilever together with a letter from the Hungarian Chemical Industry, Energy and Allied Workers' Trade Union (VDSZ) Unilever demanding "Make the Khanewal casual workers permanent through direct negotiations with the Pakistan Union."

On the same day ITUC general secretary Guy Ryder addressed the national center DGB's action for Decent Work in Berlin. “This 7 October trade unions are raising their voices across the continents, to keep up the pressure for fundamental change, for justice and equity. They face tremendous resistance from those who have profited from the exploitation of others in the past. Trade unions are determined to confront and defeat that resistance,” Ryder concluded - and signed a Casual-T postcard to Unilever CEO Polman.