60,000 employees uneasy as Unilever mulls exit

A worker at the Unilever tea estate in Kericho County in 2016. Ms Sylvia-ten Den, the firm’s managing director, has written to the workers’ lobby to inform it that the company is changing its operation model.  

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What you need to know:

  • Unilever’s parent company announced in July that it will be divesting from its tea business, and will only retain its India and Indonesia operations, where sales of the flagship Lipton Tea have picked up.
  • When Unilever first announced the early retirement scheme in 2018, KPAWU asked workers to disregard it, arguing that it was a raw deal.

The jobs of more than 60,000 Unilever Tea Kenya Limited workers are in limbo as the company rethinks its tea business following huge losses, with insiders intimating that the firm could scale down its operations in Kenya in the coming months.


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