Unite the Union

Unite the Union

July 06, 2007 12:04 ET

Redundant Workers to Demonstrate Against Electra Lil-Lets

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 5, 2007) - This weekend, Unite will begin a wave of protests outside super markets across the Midlands, to highlight the treatment of workers made redundant by private equity owned Electra Lil-Lets.

Electra Lil-Lets have announced they are to close their manufacturing base in the UK and transfer work to Poland, Taiwan and South Africa with the loss of 150 jobs. Since the announcement of the closure they have also opted to reduce the pensions of 46 employees over 50 years of age by up to 30%.

The sacked workers, their families and fellow trade unionists will stage protests outside some of the leading supermarkets to tell consumers the truth about Lil-Let's treatment of its UK workforce.

The first demonstration will take place outside Tescos and Boots at the Beggars Bush on the Princess Alice Retail Park Birmingham on Saturday 7th of July, at 9.00am.

Unite official Lynne Shakespeare says: "Slashing pensions and jobs, that's what we believe Lil-Lets have done and that's what we'll be telling consumers outside major supermarket chains across the Midlands."

Electra Lil-Lets, one of Britain's largest producers of women's hygiene products, announced six months ago that it was closing its UK operations and moving operations to Taiwan, Poland and South Africa. This decision was made despite the company making excellent profits in the UK.

Notes to the Editor

Princess Alice Drive,
Sutton Coldfield,
West Midlands, B73 6RB
(opposite the Beggars Bush Pub)
Saturday 7th July
9am - 1pm

66 High Street,
Birmingham City Centre,
Thursday 12th July
10am - 2pm

West Midlands, B76 8XL
Saturday 14 July
9am - 1pm

21-35 Stratford Road,
West Midlands, B90 3LU
Thursday 19th July
10am - 2pm

Fort Retail Park,
Wood Lane Fort Dunlop, Erdington,
Birmingham, B24 9QS
Saturday 21st July
9am - 1pm

Ventura Shopping Centre
Tamworth, B78 3HB
Thursday 26th July
10am - 2pm

Timberely Lane,
West Midlands, B34 7EH
Saturday 28th July
9am - 1pm

7 Mell Square,
Solihull Town Centre
Solihull, B91 3AZ
Thursday 2nd August
10am - 2pm

Ladywood Middleway,
West Midlands, B16 8HA
Saturday 4th August
9am - 1pm

The first protest will take place at Tesco and Boots at the Beggars Bush on the Princess Alice Retail Park (top of the Chester Road at Great Barr towards Walsall, near the Beggars Bush public house).

Photo opportunities and interviews are available throughout the day. The protest will end at approximately 5pm.

Lil-Lets biggest market is the UK. It has already stopped production and closed the Birmingham site on the 29th of June 2007.

Total number of people losing their jobs is 150.

There are 330 plus people (people who have retired or are semi retired) which include the 46 who are receiving or entitled to receive pension.

The pension scheme is in deficit and the company have agreed a schedule of contributions with the trustee's.

Case studies available for media, contact Brian Gallagher.

Contact Information

  • Brian Gallagher
    07957 995 947
    Ciaran Naidoo
    07768 931 315