Sunday 5 April, 2020

Christmas retrenchment: Unilever to cut jobs

With just three weeks until Christmas, Unilever Caribbean Limited (UCL) has revealed that it will be embarking on a retrenchment exercise.

In an announcement on Wednesday, the company confirmed that workers would be sent home as part of a restructuring of its local operations.

UCL said the decision was taken by its Board of Directors after exhaustive analyses of the current operations to ensuring the economic viability of the organisation.

Further, the company said the decision had to be taken, given that improvement initiatives in all areas of the operation over the past two years did not yield results required to keep the company viable.

The news follows reports in August that the company would send home 285 workers.

UCL assured that it has stuck closely to legal requirements in treating with the retrenchment exercise, engaging in consultation over the past six months with the recognised majority union, the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU).

“These extensive discussions were conducted with the objective of reaching a mutually agreeable outcome in the interest of all concerned,” the company added.

The company has given the assurance that it will continue to prioritise the safety of all personnel and will actively pursue the wellbeing of the people and UCL’s operations. It has also promised to abide by and operate in accordance with all legal obligations relating to its decision to retrench workers.

UCL in its announcement also indicated that it has plans to sharpen the focus of its core business to ensure long-term sustainability of its operations in Trinidad and Tobago and the region.

It said it recognises that the process has been difficult for its employees, their families, and communities.

The company extended its appreciation for the “outstanding service and contribution over the past years made”, and reaffirmed its commitment to supporting its employees during this time.

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