Published on SwissInfo.ch, July 10, 2009.
The International Union of Food Workers (IUF) and Swiss union Unia have launched a campaign against Nestlé demanding the food giant respect workers rights.
Union representatives say the problem is largely at Nespresso factories in Asia. On Friday they introduced an awareness campaign called “Stop Nespressure” to highlight their grievances.
In Indonesia, workers who campaigned for the right to negotiate wages were subject to intense pressure from Nestlé management to abandon the cause, IUF said. Similar cases were reported in India and Hong Kong.
Nestlé spent SFr8.7 billion ($7.97 billion) last year buying back stocks to boost its earnings per share ratio. The IUL says that was 50 per cent more than what the company spent on salaries and wages for its workers … (full text).
Link: Nestle criticised on workers’ rights, 10 July 2009.