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Casual-T Action: Justice for Lipton Workers in Pakistan!

Posted to the IUF website 11-Feb-2009

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Solidarity picket in Moscow, 9 February 2009

IUF Russia members held a protest at the Unilever-sponsored Moscow International Tea Symposium to highlight the company's policy of global job destruction. Unilever, with Lipton and Brooke Brond, is the world's largest producer of branded tea bags.

Union leaflets were distributed at the tea exposition and a protest letter against the increasing use of �disposable jobs� in Pakistan was handed to Unilever's Brands Development Manager in Russia. �The tea business is becoming more and more important for Russia, which is already the world's largest tea importer, and imports are expected to increase by 5% per year," said Galina Yurova, international secretary of the Agro-Industrial Workers� Union of Russia. "It is important for us to show solidarity with tea growing and producing workers in other countries, especially in Pakistan, where outsourced Lipton workers are fighting for the recognition that they are Unilever employees and for end to discrimination�.

After leafleting at the Symposium, union activists continued leafleting on the streets of Moscow and joined in a solidarity picket against job destruction and rampant casualization in Lipton tea factories with �Casual-T� and �Unilever! Stop destroying jobs!� posters.

Click here to view a short video clip of the Moscow action.