The following letter was sent from Kellogg Company in Valls (Spain), in a show of solidarity with the locked-out workers in Memphis.
From the Kellogg Company in Valls (Spain), we want to give maximum support and encouragement to continue with your struggle, which is also ours.
Certainly, and unfortunately, Kellogg is losing that much of what has been bragged about for many years. A company with these benefits cannot take this kind of attitude, deceiving the public opinion and saying it is taking steps to grow.
A business grows when its family increases, not when it decreases. Growth is only for a few who want to become somewhat richer at the expense of the working conditions of many people, or at the cost of cutting jobs.
All Kellogg factories are suffering the consequences, although in different ways, but we know that without struggle there is no future, and so, apart from giving our full support to your cause, which is also ours, we will also assist in sharing what is happening in Memphis, where a totalitarian behavior exists and anti-union behavior by the company exists.
We also know about the failure to follow through with the agreement that is happening, where the purpose is to do away with the union and avoid central level negotiations.
We know they have prevented BCTGM from entering, and prevent these events from transcending, but you have here an unconditional support to assist and spread the word of all that is happening in Memphis, or anywhere else where these kinds of acts are happening.
In Europe they are also trying to cut many jobs with the excuse of wanting to grow, but at no time does it deal with necessary measures for the continuity of the company, but simply to obtain better results, clearly showing that people are becoming less and less important to the company.
If there is any time you need our support, or for us to circulate information, do not hesitate to contact us.
We continue to follow you from Valls and we hope that you feel our spirits very closely and that they will help you even a little to continue with your important work.
Good luck and encouragement with your and our struggle.
President of Kellogg Company in Valls (Tarragona) SPAIN