Union - Unilever to send home workers; Company - no decisions made

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 12:45

Unilever Caribbean Limited (UCL) says it is currently engaging the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union with regards to the future of the company.

This comes following a protest today, in which the union said that some 285 workers were to be sent home.

In a statement issued just after 4pm Wednesday, the company said that "in the spirit of securing the long-term operations" of the company, it is currently reviewing its operations in the context of a weak domestic economy and a challenging global environment. 

"For the past few weeks, UCL has been in discussions with stakeholders, including the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) -— the recognized majority union for workers employed by the company — about the future of UCL’s operations in Trinidad and Tobago. At this point no decisions have been taken on the future path of the company and work continues as usual," the statement said.  

The company said it is developing strategies to respond to stiff competition from imported products, depressed market conditions and changes in consumer buying patterns.

The statement added that UCL is optimistic that the contribution of all stakeholders would culminate in decisions that would work toward stabilising the company. 

"UCL looks forward to continuing engagement with the union and other relevant parties in order to ensure a mutually beneficial outcome for all concerned," the statement added. 

It said that over the last several decades of operations in Trinidad and Tobago, UCL has contributed significantly to the social, educational and cultural development of this country, and is committed to fair treatment of its workers in accordance with established laws and Industrial Relations best practices.