Workers protest alleged Unilever retrenchment

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    Dozens of workers from Unilever Caribbean Limited staged a protest in Champs Fleurs this morning over the company’s alleged decision to retrench workers.

    According to reports, some 285 workers are on the breadline.

    Unilever however has issued a statement insisting that no decisions have yet been made.

    It said:

    ”In the spirit of securing the long-term operations of Unilever Caribbean Limited (UCL), the company is currently reviewing its operations in the context of a weak domestic economy and a challenging global environment.

    For the past few weeks, UCL has been in discussions with stakeholders, including the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) — the recognized majority union for workers employed by the company — about the future of UCL’s operations in Trinidad and Tobago.

    At this point no decisions have been taken on the future path of the company and work continues as usual.  The Company is developing strategies to respond to stiff competition from imported products, depressed market conditions and changes in consumer buying patterns.”

    The company said it also looks forward to continuing engagement with the Union and other relevant parties in order to ensure a “mutually beneficial outcome” for all concerned.