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"Every day, our success depends upon 100,000 capable, dedicated and diverse Mondelēz International employees around the world. Treating them well and providing them with a workplace that is safe is the right thing to do and essential for our long-term success." - http://www.mondelezinternational.com
In July 2011 a temporary contract worker in Alexandria was called back on his day off to work a machine alone that normally requires three people to operate. In a workplace accident, his thumb was severed. Half an hour later workmates take him to the hospital, the company pays for his operation and promises him a permanent job. When he returns to work there is no permanent job but rather permanent unpaid leave. The company promises to call but Mr Abdulghani is still waiting for that call and is still out of work.
"People know they can trust the safety and quality of our products. That trust is important to us. And that’s why we work so hard to make quality products that delight our consumers. We’ve put in place strong food safety and quality systems for our ingredients and our products. And we continue to make these systems better to create the great-tasting foods our consumers expect and can feel good about." - http://www.mondelezinternational.com
Great-tasting wire mesh?
On February 21, 2013, Mondelēz issued a voluntary recall of two varieties of its belVita breakfast biscuits in the United States and Puerto Rico due to the potential presence of wire mesh in the product. Days earlier, CEO Rosenfeld told analysts that belVita is one of the products she is “most excited” about, with new flavours in the pipeline.
BelVita, of course, is one of what the company proudly calls “our brands”. Is it made by what the former Kraft used to proudly refer to as “our people”? The recalled product is not made by Mondelēz, but by a third-party manufacturer. Has Mondelēz also outsourced quality control? What does Mondelēz know about conditions at this factory? Do they care, except in the event of a safety recall?
Behind the belVita recall: union-busting and agency work
"Supplier will respect the decision of its employees to join and support a union." - Mondelēz Corporate Responsibility Expectations for Direct Suppliers
For years, the former Kraft had been outsourcing its production to non-union third-party producers. Mondelēz continues this pattern – the imminent closure of its union-organized Ontario, Canada biscuit factory has resulted in yet more outsourcing to non-union producers as far away as Mexico.
An article last year in a local newspaper details the squalid chain of disposable jobs at Consolidated Biscuits, the company’s notoriously anti-union contract manufacturer in McComb, Ohio. This is the plant which, according to the IUF’s information, produced the recalled belVita products.
Consolidated Biscuit is a notorious example of a company committing serial violations of United States labour law and evading the consequences in their battle to frustrate unionization. The company has repeatedly been cited for violations of US law by the National Labor Relations Board. On November 14, 2008, the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals delivered a 48-page judgment finding that the company engaged in flagrant and repeated violation of the law for, amongst other things, "instructing security guards to call police at the first sign of union activity and calling the police to the facility…threatening employees with loss of benefits, plant closures, and stricter discipline if they supported the union".
According to the news article, agency workers at the private-equity owned factory, which manufacturers 'power brand' Mondelēz products, are paid less than 9 dollars an hour (a dollar over the minimum wage) by Pyramid Staffing, a temp service which charges workers 10 dollars a day for bus transportation to and from work. "You work eight hours, but it's a 12-hour day", one worker told the paper. Working on the line adding the cream core to biscuit sandwiches, the work is triply outsourced. The former Kraft outsourced the manufacturing to Consolidated, and Pyramid Staffing recruits for another staffing agency, Impact Employment Solutions, which works directly with Consolidated.
How many consumers are aware that their “delicious moments of joy” are not made by Mondelēz but by precarious workers at a plant cited by the Toledo, Ohio Blade as "On the nation's list of the most hazardous workplaces"?
Hazardous workplaces produce hazardous products.
Cadbury workers take stand against Kraft/Mondelez human rights abuses // 2:23 (or watch it on YouTube)
Interview Hussein Ahmed Hussein - sacked by Kraf/Mondelez // 9:36
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Interview Nasr Awad - sacked by Kraft/Mondelez // 7:36
(or watch it on YouTube)