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Working at Lipton Casual-T Episode V Unilever Pakistan Punishes Rights Activists

Posted to the IUF website 19-Aug-2009

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Unilever respects employees’ rights to join, form, or not join, a trade union without fear of reprisal, intimidation or harassment.

"A Summary of Stakeholder Concerns and Our Response" at www.unilever.com



At Unilever Pakistan, it is more than just the Company contributing to the community and environment. It is also the people. “Making a Better World” is one of the key values the Company and its employees hold to heart.

Unilever Pakistan 2008 Social Report at http://www.unileverpakistan.com.pk/



Beverages
Turnover: 9,592 million
Underlying sales growth: 22%

Unilever Pakistan 2008 Social Report at http://www.unileverpakistan.com.pk/




Muhammad Sidiq has worked 24 years for a poverty wage as an outsourced casual worker at Khanewal. His pay was cut in retaliation for joining the union Action Committee to fight for his rights.

"I started at the Unilever Khanewal factory in 1985. I’ve been on the job for 24 years and I’m just getting 260 Rupees (a little over 3 US dollars). Recently younger workers are getting promoted and higher pay as a reward for not joining the Action Committee. A junior with just 4 years on the job is getting 280 Rupees for doing the same work as me.”

Since the Lipton Khanewal workers formed their Action Committee to fight for their rights, members have been denied work, demoted and pushed into even deeper poverty in an attempt to break their resistance. At the same time, some 100 new contract workers - with no experience, skills, or seniority (over 20% of the workforce) have been taken on in the midst of what the company contends is a production downturn… but is clearly a show of force to weaken the Action Committee and the IUF.

STOP DISCRIMINATION AND REPRISALS AGAINST THE KHANEWAL ACTION COMMITTEE WORKERS - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO UNILEVER!

Tell corporate management to stop retaliating and start negotiating!. The Lipton Khanewal casual workers fighting for justice through their Action Committee must be given permanent, direct employment status.


Slaves built the pyramids - Unilever casual workers build pyramid tea!
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Unilever Pakistan Social Report 2008


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