Workers should not become collateral damage in Tesco s...

Workers should not become collateral damage in Tesco standoff with Unilever

13 October 2016

Unite, the main trade union representing workers at Unilever, warned against workers becoming collateral damage in the standoff with Tesco and accused politicians calling for a boycott of ‘feeding the hysteria’. 

David Davies MP announced today (Thursday 13 October) that he would be boycotting Marmite, after it was revealed that Tesco would stop selling the spread following a dispute with Unilever.

Commenting Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said: “Unilever workers should not become collateral damage in the standoff between the company and Tesco. 

“Found in most UK households, products like Marmite, Pot Noodle, PG Tips and Persil are great British staples proudly made in Britain by Unite members. 

“It is in everyone’s interests to resolve the situation quickly and is not helped by politicians feeding the hysteria with promises of boycotting British goods.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.