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Unilever - a turn to targeted tactics

Issue No. 2287

Union tactics at Unilever have changed since the December national strike.

They are using what they describe as targeted strikes. Unions argue this extends the action without making workers lose too much pay.

“I think it’s fairer this way, because we all lose the same amount of hours,” said Graham, a factory operative in Purfleet. “Whether it’ll have a greater impact I don’t know.”

Much has been made of Unilever management’s break with the tradition set by Lord Leverhulme, the company’s paternalistic and supposedly benevolent founder.

But what new bosses and old have in common is a concern for the bottom line. The only way to beat them is to hit their profits.

Sustained and coordinated strikes can force them to back down. Escalation is the way to win.

Where workers have struck – and where they plan to strike next

Workers have struck at Unilever sites in Port Sunlight, Warrington, Leeds, Trafford, Deesside, Colworth, Norwich and Purfleet.

Strikes were set to take place this Wednesday at Burton-on-Trent and Gloucester.

Pot Noodle workers are set to strike from 6am on Thursday of this week until midnight on Saturday at Croespenmaen Industrial Estate, Crumlin, Gwent NP11 3AG

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