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Workers And Shoppers Must Not Pay The Price Of Brexit

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Workers And Shoppers Must Not Pay The Price Of Brexit Says GMB After Unilever Marmite Row

Unilever must not be allowed to exploit the Government’s chaotic handling of Brexit says GMB

GMB, the union for workers at Unilever, has warned that members at Unilever sites across the UK must not bear the brunt of falling UK currency after Brexit. The warning follows news that Tesco has refused to pay Unilever’s increased prices for dozens of well know products which it blames on the falling value of UK currency.

Tesco has removed products like Marmite, Hellman’s mayonnaise and Comfort fabric softener from their online site following the dispute and has reported that stock levels at supermarkets are running low.

Eamon O’Hearn, GMB National Officer for the food industry, said:

“It’s very common for suppliers and retailers to renegotiate supply contracts but super-rich companies like Unilever must not be allowed to exploit the Government’s chaotic handling of Brexit as an excuse for making workers and shoppers pay the price."

“We will vigorously defend our members in the event that wealthy companies like Unilever seek to recoup increased costs through cuts to terms and conditions. It is unacceptable for companies to boost their profits on the backs of working people who are already struggling to make ends meet."

“GMB members will be concerned about the effects of this messy negotiation. Whether it’s a major cut to their pay packets or more expensive food in the shops - we will continue to ensure our members do not feel the brunt of opportunistic employers who seek to exploit the current political climate."

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Contact: Jude Brimble on 07850 974198 or Eamon O’Hearn on 07918 777097 or GMB press office at press.office@gmb.org.uk or on 07958 156846

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