Pakistan: Union campaign targets Unilever's Lipton Tea
Date: 30 Jan 2009
The plight of 700 contract agency workers at a Unilever tea factory in Pakistan has been highlighted by a union campaign to get the workers granted permanent job status.
The National Federation of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Workers of Pakistan said that Unilever's management was exploiting the workers by keeping them in "disposable jobs". The company had closed a separate factory which employed 122 permanent workers plus 450 casual staff and production was moved to a situation with no permanent staff at all, according to the union.
It said that many of the temporary workers, who earn less money and have few benefits, have worked at the factory for over 10 years.
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