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November 30, 2005

Unilever staff call day of action against outsourcing proposals

Consumer products giant Unilever NV is facing a "day of action" by employees across Europe today who are opposed to its major IT and business process outsourcing proposals.

By CBR Staff Writer

Unions claim that the Anglo-Dutch company is planning to cut 2,500 jobs, mainly in its IT, human resources, and finance and accounting departments, by outsourcing the work to central Europe and Asia.

A Unilever spokesperson told Computer Business Review that the unions’ estimates are wildly inaccurate because it is still in the review stage, and might still choose to keep the work in-house. However, as revealed last month, Computer Business Review has learned from sources close to the deal that the company is in exclusive contract negotiations with Accenture over an HR outsourcing deal worth over $1bn. Accenture is also bidding for the IT and F&A contracts in competition with IBM.

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