Unilever signs agreement with global unions to restrict temporary jobs & protect temporary workers in its supply chain

Author: IndustriALL, Published on: 13 May 2019

"Unilever and global unions sign agreement to restrict temporary jobs", 10 May 2019

IndustriALL Global Union, the IUF and Unilever have signed a breakthrough agreement to limit the use of temporary workers and protect permanent jobs in Unilever factories.

The Joint Commitment on Sustainable Employment in Unilever Manufacturing... applies to workers in over 300 Unilever factories in 69 countries, whether employed directly by Unilever or through a third-party provider... [It] restricts the hiring of temporary workers to short-term and non-recurring tasks in Unilever factories, and prevents temporary contracts being used to avoid regular employment.

... temporary workers will  be informed of their work schedules with sufficient notice and not be retained on call without pay.

It requires temporary workers to be given priority when filling permanent positions and promotes: equal pay for equal work; a safe work environment and safety training; and the right of workers to freely form or join a union of their choice without fear of intimidation or harassment...

The agreement prescribes a process of continuous human rights due diligence through engagement and negotiation with the IUF and IndustriALL and their members, representing the vast majority of unionized Unilever workers world-wide...

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