Sir, UK Unilever workers are not alone in their battle to save their pensions (‘Unilever workers say yes to strikes’, 29 November, grocer.co.uk).
This week, they received support from Hermann Soggeberg, chairman of Unilever’s European Works Council (UEWC) who handed over a declaration of solidarity to management at the Port Sunlight site.
Unilever must reconsider its plans to scrap the UK pension scheme. Unilever is making these changes to increase profits and maximise returns to shareholders.
Unite and the UEWC will not stand back and watch members’ hard-worked for pensions be cut by a supremely wealthy company that rewards its CEO with millions of pounds worth of shares.
Lord Leverhulme, Unilever’s founder, fought to enhance workers’ pension rights. The action of the current board spits in the face of everything he stood for.
Jennie Formby, Unite national officer