India: Workers allege Unilever obstructing freedom of association despite previously agreeing to allow workers to "freely" choose unions

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Company response
31 July 2012

Response by Unilever to the IUF Campaign

Author: Unilever

Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has always respected employees’ rights to join or not to join a legally recognised trade union, or any other body representing their collective interests. In order to enable this at Doom Dooma, we are continuing to seek a verification process to determine which union our workers there wish to represent them. This process is taking considerable time as the local environment is very challenging. We are doing all we can to resolve these issues and as an interim measure, in order to complete the delayed pay settlement for our workers, HUL is currently negotiating in good faith with both unions.

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Article
2 July 2012

Tell Unilever human rights are not a matter of taste! [India]

Author: International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations

Two years after signing an agreement with the IUF [Intl. Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations]...Unilever is on the verge of committing itself to 4 more years of violating the basic rights of a group of Indian workers…The agreement signed...in July 2010 committed Unilever to restoring to the workers in its factory in Doom Dooma, Assam (India) their right to freely choose the union they wished to adhere to and which would represent them for collective bargaining purposes…The last two years, however, have seen only evasions, provocations and management lies. Workers…don't believe Unilever is responsible for the arson attack, but…do hold it accountable for continued violations of basic rights which have allowed a volatile situation to fester.

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