The largest Nutella plant in the world, located in Villers-Ecalles, in Normandy, has stopped for Monday for the sixth day in a row because of an action by employees who demand a higher wage.
This has been reported from trade union sources.
“Since the night from Monday to Tuesday last week, one hundred and sixty employees have resigned. No truck has been driven on or off since then,” says Fabrice Canchel of the FO union, who emphasizes that there is a shortage of raw materials.
“The production of Kinder Bueno has stopped since Tuesday. On the four lines for the production of Nutella, one is still working on 20 percent of the capacity,” it is said.
The strikers demand a salary increase of 4.5 percent and a premium of 900 euros.
The trade unions also denounce a decline in working conditions.
The management has indicated in an internal announcement that “the blockade of the site is totally illegal”.
The Villers-Ecalles plant produces 600,000 Nutella jars a day, or a quarter of the worldwide chocolate spread production.
Around 400 people work there.