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5 Jul 2020

India: Milkfood worker union protest failure to receive full salaries during lockdown; company response included

An article in Tribune India alleged that Hindustan Unilever Limited’s Nabha factory failed to provide full salary to the over 1,700 employees, including contractual staff – during the lockdown. The article further alleges that the Labour Department’s decision to declare the strike demanding unpaid wages by Milkfood Worker Union workers illegal was arbitrary as the union was not called by the labour officials to represent their view.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) and Unilever (67% shareholder in HUL) to respond to the allegations. The report and Unilever's response is linked below. Hindustan Unilever Limited did not respond.