Unilever, unions reach agreement in NL
6 November 2007 , AMSTERDAM – Anglo-Dutch food and detergent producer Unilever and the labour unions have signed an agreement, a spokesperson of the FNV labour union announced on Tuesday.
6 November 2007
AMSTERDAM – Anglo-Dutch food and detergent producer Unilever and the labour unions have signed an agreement, a spokesperson of the FNV labour union announced on Tuesday.
The labour unions and Unilever had been negotiating about a so- called social plan for the employees of the company.
Last month the company announced that three of its six factories in the Netherlands would close. As a result, hundreds of employees were to lose their jobs.
The labour unions wanted Unilever to present a so-called social plan which would compensate the employees affected by the closure and also help them get new jobs.
The unions also want Unilever to raise its salaries by 3 percent.
Previously, the multinational refused to guarantee all employees would retain their jobs or be assisted in getting a new job elsewhere.
But speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the FNV spokesman said Unilever had agreed to guarantee jobs until 2011 for the employees of the three factories to be closed.
Other details of the agreement have not yet been released.
Unilever employees in five of the six Dutch factories had been on strike for the past three weeks after the company announced it would close down three production sites in the Netherlands.
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Dutch news