Unifor union announces strike at Nestlé factory in Canada

Unifor union announces strike at Nestlé factory in Canada
Unifor union announces strike at Nestlé factory in Canada

Employees at the Nestlé production site in Toronto, Canada, have gone on strike, according to local union Unifor.

More than 470 employees are demanding in particular that contract workers become permanent and improvements in professional welfare.

According to Unifor, the workers’ committee at the Toronto plant – which notably manufactures Kitkat, Smarties, the Aero chocolate bar as well as products from the Canadian brand Coffee Crisp – had worked to ensure that around 80 contract employees were between them, become permanent on a temporary basis.

But “precarious work, and more specifically the use of temporary workers in a permanent full-time capacity, is a growing problem. Nestlé should be ashamed of resorting to on-demand work”, underlined the national president of the union Jerry Dias.

“There are some temporary workers at Nestlé who, for more than two years, have not received 1,000 hours per year. The company said it would automatically transition temporary workers to full-time status when they would reach 8,000 hours, an impossible feat, especially if they have family obligations,” he added.

Furthermore, the union is demanding improvements to Nestlé’s retirement plan for factory employees. He also protests against the fact that compensation for inflation was suspended for two years.

The union does not yet have a negotiation date with Nestlé, but says it is ready “to return to the table at any time”, according to the press release.

Contacted by the AWP agency, the Vaudois food giant had not yet reacted immediately. According to its own information, the group employs around 3,700 people at twelve sites in Canada.


ats, awp

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