Unilever workers will know today whether they will be retrenched or allowed to keep their jobs, mere weeks before the Christmas holiday.
Yesterday, Neil Mc Eachnie, the branch representative of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) said he was informed by employees at the company that an email was sent to workers about a meeting. When the workers arrived, they were told that the company had taken a decision to begin the retrenchment process.
Mc Eachnie said he anticipates that the restructuring exercise will be done in two parts: the first part will see the retrenchment of part of the workforce while the other part of the workforce will be retrenched. He said, “Eventually, the entire unionized workforce will be retrenched.” He said the company has not contacted the Union about the retrenchment exercise.
In August, the workers launched a protest outside the company’s headquarters in Champ Fleurs, as there were rumours that 285 workers would soon be without jobs. In response, the company issued a press release which included a statement that read, “At this point no decisions have been taken on the future path of the company and work continues as usual”. They did note that they was reviewing its operations in light of a weak domestic economy.