|Plant closure in Chile|
|Supporting NCP(s)||None Selected|
|Description||Specific instance notified by the Chilean Trade Union Confederation (CUT) regarding the activities of Unilever, a multinational enterprise operating in Chile.|
|Theme(s)||Employment and industrial relations, Environment|
|Date||1 Nov 2005|
|Industry sector||Accommodation and food service|
In November 2005 the Chilean NCP received a request for review from the Chilean Trade Union Confederation (CUT) alleging that Unlever had breached the employment and industrial relations, and environment provisions of the Guidelines by the closure of its plants in Chile.
It was alleged that, in December 2004, Unilever had verbally informed the trade union representatives that it was going to close three plants, leaving 250 workers unemployed. A fourth plant was to be close unless the workers accepted a wage cut. Moreover, Unilever had prevented the union from making the company’s decision public. It also had promised a group of workers that they would not be dismissed if they opposed the actions taken by the union.