Following the announcement today (Thursday 30 January 2020) that Unilever is considering the future of its global tea brands, including selling off the iconic PG Tips brand, Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has called for assurances for UK workers who could be impacted.  

Unite, which represents over 150 workers at the PG Tips factory in Manchester, cautioned against Unilever selling PG Tips and other tea brands, which it said were still ‘very popular and profitable’ and said it has demanded an urgent meeting with the firm. 

Unite regional officer Jimmy Carter said: “Unite is demanding an urgent meeting with Unilever over the future of PG Tips and other tea brands and the impact this could have on our members. Before any decision is made, there must be a full consultation with Unite. 

“We urge Unilever not to sell what are still very popular and profitable brands. If a sale is decided upon, Unilever must only consider bids from reputable buyers who have long term and sustainable plans for the business. 

“Whatever happens, Unite will fight to ensure our members’ jobs and terms and conditions are not put in the firing line during this process.”


For more information please contact Unite communications officer Ryan Fletcher on 07849 090215.


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