The BCTGM is among the IUF member unions around the world that will be engaging in a week of global trade union action this week, March 27-31, to signal our collective commitment to defending quality permanent employment against the destructive short-termism which is driving management at Mondelēz.
In addition to the Nabisco brand in North America, Mondelēz also owns the Cadbury, Milka, Toblerone, Cote d’Or, belVita, LU, Trident, TUC, Halls, Tang and other world renowned brands.
Unions in the United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, Norway, and Pakistan – some of the company’s major markets – will be organizing work stoppages, demonstrations and media events to signal their shared determination to save the Mondelēz facilities and the skills and experience of the workers who built the company from the company’s reckless financial mismanagement.
In the U.S., the BCTGM and the UFCW (which is also a member of the IUF) will hold a joint Solidarity Action event during the UFCW’s annual leadership conference in Kansas City on March 29 as part of the IUF Global Week of Action.
As stated in an IUF Press release announcing the worldwide event:
“Since it was spun off from the former Kraft Foods Inc. in 2012, Mondelēz has mortgaged its future. The company relies on unsustainable levels of borrowing to fund share buybacks and dividends at the expense of investment in manufacturing, innovation and the workforce. The need for periodic cash infusions to fund short-term business costs is driving a destructive cycle of permanent restructuring and the selloff of profitable brands and product sectors. Mondelēz workers are caught in an endless cycle of closures, layoffs and outsourcing with no relief – and no growth prospects – in sight.
The unions are demanding investment in the future of the company and its brands and an end to the financial vandalism which is driving the destruction of quality jobs at Mondelēz.”