Closure of Mondelez in Montreal: the union taken by surprise

1309728-affirmant-usine-viau-couts-plusThe union representing the workers of Mondelez in Montreal says it was taken by surprise by the decision of the giant of the food to close its Montreal factory of production of biscuits and crackles by the end of next year.

In the aftermath of the announcement to the 454 employees of the Viau Street biscuit factory, no meeting had yet been scheduled with management, Sylvain Gagné, representative of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Affiliated with the Fédération des travailleurs du Québec (FTQ).

The union was only informed “five minutes” before the decision was communicated, at about 1515 hours, he said, adding that it had not been possible to prepare workers to receive this bad New, less than a month of Christmas.

Affirming that it was at its Viau plant that its costs were the highest, Mondelez decided to move the production of Christie biscuit brands such as Oreo, Ritz, Wheat and Premium Plus, to its five other plants elsewhere in Canada .

Mr. Gagné indicated that severance pay was provided for in contracts of employment and that the union would try to convince Mondelez to improve them.

He hopes that negotiations between the two sides will begin next week.

The union will attempt a “last attempt” to save the factory, said Gagné, recognizing however that it will be difficult to achieve since the intentions of the company are “clear.”

Mondelez was born from the split of Kraft and its portfolio includes the gum Dentyne and Trident as well as the chocolate brand Toblerone.

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