November 27, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
Kensington, MD – The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), which represents nearly 4,000 members at Mondelēz International, maker of Nabisco and other popular snack products, has announced its full support of the International Union of Food Workers’ (IUF) rallies and demonstrations taking place at the European headquarters of Mondelēz in Zurich, Switzerland.
The rallies have signaled the Union’s continuing determination to save the facilities, the brands, the skills and experience which built Mondelēz from the current management’s harmful use of continuous restructuring, financial engineering and cost-cutting efforts.
“We are proud to support the international effort led by the IUF to combat the corporate injustice Mondelēz is inflicting on not only our local communities and hard-working Americans here in the U.S., but also all Mondelēz workers around the world,” stated BCTGM International President David Durkee. “Mondelēz has embarked on a program of endless restructuring and financial engineering to achieve short-term financial gains which have resulted in the elimination of thousands of good union jobs and a weakening of trade union rights, in part through the transfer of production to countries with lower levels of wages and social protection. We will continue to stand with our brothers and sisters around the world until there is a meaningful and fair resolution to the short-sighted betrayal Mondelēz has perpetuated on local communities around the world.”
IUF affiliates represent a majority of unionized Mondelēz employees around the world from Alexandria, Egypt to Chicago, Illinois. Since 1920 the organization has been instrumental in driving policy reforms and institutional changes for workers’ rights and protections.