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Germany: NGG calls for bona fide negotiations with SBNIP

Participants in the Nestlé Germany Works Council Conference, organised by the German Food Workers Union NGG on 23-24 June 2010, put their signatures on an open letter addressed to Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, in which they expressed their concern over events in Indonesia and the damage the company's actions were doing to the Nestlé brand.

In the letter, which was also sent to the management of Nestlé Germany, representatives of the almost 10,000 Nestlé workers in Germany attending the Works Council Conference formulated the following demands:

- Nestlé must live up to its special responsibility as the world's largest food company and respect workers' rights.

- The works council delegates condemn the actions of Nestlé and call on management to engage in real wage negotiations with the SBNIP.

- The slogan "Good Food - Good Life" should also apply to Nestlé workers - all over the world.

The NGG expressed its support for the position of the works council delegates and stressed that, at a global corporation, socially responsible production and decent working conditions may not be viewed only within the lilmits of national boundaries.
Nestlé's responsibility extends to all factories.

The NGG has produced a leaflet which describes Nestlé's outrageous behaviour in Indonesia. It is now posted in all Nestlé worksites in Germany.