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Dying for Casual-T in the Philippines/Union Solidarity in South Africa

Posted to the IUF website 15-Sep-2009

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More than 70 activists from the Philippines Alliance of Progressive Labour, including leaders of the IUF-affiliated NUWHRAIN, demonstrated their solidarity with the struggle against disposable jobs at Unilever's Pakistan tea operations at Unilever headquarters in Manila on September 15.A protest program was held right on front of the gate where security guards and company officials met with the protesters.

The program included a symbolic "die-in" the scorching heat, with media reporters and photographers covering the action. NUWHRAIN's Edwin Bustillos, who is also APL deputy secretary general, said that the APL picket signified Filipino workers’ solidarity with the struggle of the Lipton/Brooke Bond tea workers in Pakistan as well as their resolve to fight casualization at home and around the world.

On September 11, despite strong management pressure to prevent union action, more than 70 members of CEPPWAWU, an affiliate of the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) demonstrated outside the Unilever Maydon Whaft plant in Durban to demand a halt to management violence against the Khanewal workers.

To learn how you can join the Casual-T campaign, go to www.casualtea.org

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Unilever Pakistan Social Report 2008