Members of Unite working for Cadbury’s Bournville plant in Birmingham are joining forces with colleagues from Egypt to challenge human rights violations by Cadbury’s parent company Mondelez International towards employees in Egypt.
The global snack company which is now led by former Kraft CEO, Irene Rosenfeld, has been linked to the sacking of five union leaders in Egypt and the dismissal of a worker for speaking out following the loss of his thumb in an accident at Cadbury in Egypt. The company has also locked out legitimate trade unions at sites in Tunisia and Egypt.
In their fight to challenge Kraft/Mondelez’s outrageous behaviour Unite and the International Union of Food workers (IUF) will be hosting a reception where they will be joined by UK Cadbury workers, Jack Dromey MP and two of the sacked union leaders from Egypt at the Council House in Birmingham on Thursday 2 May at 18:00 to highlight the concerns they have with this 'local' employer.
This will be followed by a 'Twinning Ceremony' at the Cadbury Club, Bournville Lane, Birmingham B30 2LU on Friday, 3 May at 12.30 to allow the Bournville factory to twin with the factory in Egypt and build solidarity and support between workers.
Ahead of the events, Unite national officer Jennie Formby said: “This is a company that has repeatedly demonstrated that it has little respect or concern for its workforce and their employment rights.
“Unite warned Kraft that its future behaviour towards workers would be under close scrutiny following the hostile Kraft-Cadbury takeover in 2010.
“As soon as Kraft took over the company, hundreds of jobs were lost. Yet Kraft is still allowed to continue this bad management in dealing with its workforce today. Meanwhile, Kraft/Mondelez's new boss Irene Rosenfeld gets a 30 per cent pay rise to a staggering $28.8 million after only three months on the job at Mondelez.
“Our members take this unjust attack on its fellow brothers and sisters in Egypt very seriously and they will not stand by when their rights or any workers' rights are under attack. It is totally unacceptable and must stop.
“We’ll fight-back together until we end these unjust attacks on workers in Egypt and to defend workers' rights.”
For further information please contact Jennie Formby on 07702 206 436 or Karen Viquerat, Unite communications officer on 07768 931 316.
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.