Dismissal of workers in Pakistan
Lead NCPUnited Kingdom
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the trade union IUF regarding the activities of Unilever PLC operating in Pakistan.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, General policies
Date19 Oct 2008
Host country(ies)Pakistan
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing

Read the final statement issued by the UK NCP concluding the specific instance - 13 August 2009

In October 2008 the UK NCP received a request for review from International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF) alleging that Unilever Pakistan Ltd, a subsidiary of Unilever PLC, had breached the general policies, and employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines. More specifically, IUF alleged that Unilever had terminated the contracts of 292 temporary employees seeking permanent status at their Rahim Yar Khan factory and replaced them with agency contract workers, with the direct aim of preventing trade union membership.

The NCP appointed an external conciliator-mediator, which held conciliation meetings from April to June 2009. In the end, mediation was not required as the parties agreed on a mutually acceptable solution to the complaint through conciliation.The full text of the agreement is attached to the final statement issued by the NCP concluding the specific instance.