Mondelez has been an aggressive financial machine since it was carved out of the former Kraft foods Inc. in 2012, dedicated to increasing profits by squeezing workers and aggressive cost cutting. For Mondelez workers this has meant layoffs, plant closures and permanent restructuring. Together, IUF affiliates are fighting back to defend quality employment at Mondelēz.
Since its inception, Mondelēz has used its cash on hand to fund share buybacks and dividends while struggling to service its large debt load. Because of the constant pressure on cash flow, the company has required constant infusions of new cash, provided in part through perpetual business restructuring.
While it squeezes the workforce, top shareholders and executive officers have become richer. Over the last three years, the company has returned $11 billion of capital to shareholders; in 2015, Irene Rosenfeld received $19,674,812 in total compensation.
Mondelez workers must be united and organized in the face of a company seeking to generating profits through selloffs and improvised cost-cutting rather than investing wisely in its workforce and long-term business growth. The IUF Mondelēz Union Network is an international trade union network which has been formed to build organized union unity and organization at Mondelez. Contact your IUF affiliate to get more involved.
New agreement follows strikes at JDE Netherlands 12-12-2018
Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) workers in the Netherlands and their union FNV have a new collective bargaining agreement following two effective 24-hour strikes in Joure and Utrecht on November 19 and November 22. [read more]
FNV and NGG members strike Jacobs Douwe Egberts in the Netherlands and in Germany 23-11-2018
Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) workers in Utrecht, Netherlands and in 7 German locations took strike action on November 22. In Utrecht, workers successfully shut down production at JDE for 24 hours, the duration of the strike. NGG traveled with a group of striking German JDE workers to Utrecht to join some 200 FNV JDE strikers in a show of solidarity.
Successful negotiations at Mondelez Malaysia 31-10-2018
Following a fight for the right to negotiate change involving protests
by members and intervention by the IUF to support the demand for good
faith negotiations, Malaysian IUF affiliate FIEU successfully negotiated
a satisfactory outcome concerning the employment impact of the Johor
Baru plant closure.[read more]
Attacks on worker rights continue at Mondelez Malaysia 18-10-2018
Malaysian IUF affiliate FIEU has now had four meetings with Mondelez in an effort to negotiate over the impacts of the announced Johor Baru plant closure. Local management however continues to act in bad faith.[read more]
Broad attack on worker rights at Mondelez Malaysia 29-09-2018
Mondelez management attempted to unilaterally announce the closure of the Johor Baru plant at the beginning of July 2018, but Malaysian IUF affiliate FIEU intervened to demand negotiations.[read more]
Job cuts, now a worker death at Mondelez (Cadbury) India 28-09-2018
Mondelez worker Milkhi Ram was killed on September 21 while operating a moulding machine in the company's Baddi, India plant. His death followed a wave of massive workforce reductions accompanied by a "voluntary separation scheme" initiated by Mondelez India management, which workers were pressured into accepting. [read more]
Italian unions to strike against job destruction at Jacob Douwe Egberts (JDE) 26-09-2018
IUF affiliates in JDE's Italian operations will be striking on September 28 to protest the elimination of 57 jobs with the announced closure of JDE's Andezeno, Italy facility. FLAI-CGIL, FAI-CISL and UILA-UIL have issued a joint call for JDE to enter into immediate negotiations and to reconsider the company's decision to transfer production and make 57 workers redundant.[read more]
Defending decent jobs at Mondelez 10-09-2018
Trade union representatives from 18 unions, 13 countries, and 6 continents gathered in Brussels on September 5 and 6 to develop union action to protect their members' futures in Mondelez.
Workers' rights on the agenda at Mondelez Shareholder Meeting 17-05-2018
IUF affiliate BCTGM and the IUF Secretariat put workers' rights on the agenda at Mondelez' shareholders meeting on May 16 in Lincolnshire, Illinois (USA).[read more]
Subsidizing Mondelez in Canada: the Ontario government's 22 million dollar cash gift 19-04-2018
Canada's Ontario government is rewarding Mondelez a cash gift of 22.6 million Canadian dollars for `skills development and capital investment' at its non-union East York (Ontario) facility- a factory which over the past 5 years has taken over production from two union sites which the company has closed.[read more]
Conversion of casual to permanent work at Mondelez (Cadbury) Pakistan 18-02-2018
At its annual general meeting on February 16, the Mondelez (Cadbury) Progressive Employees Union celebrated the conversion of 94 long term casuals to permanent jobs. The casual workers were employed at the Cadbury plant for several years through corrupt labour hire agencies that exploited workers' insecurity and vulnerability.[read more]
Response to Mondelez New Zealand closure shows global brands' fading veneer 25-11-2017
The gloss is peeling off 'global brands', whose makers have built their marketing and production on the assumption that the brand name alone is sufficiently powerful to efface all interest in where goods are produced, or under what conditions.[read more]
The fight to save quality jobs at Mondelez Dunedin, New Zealand 20-10-2017
The IUF-affiliated union E tu has worked tirelessly with community leaders to save quality jobs at Mondelez and is highly critical of the final decision by the company to move all production of Cadbury products at its Dunedin, New Zealand production plant to Australia. This decision also follows an IUF urgent action that many IUF affiliated members took part in to support their brothers and sisters from E tu in New Zealand.
UK Unite Cadbury (Mondelez) members win improved pay in new wage agreement 19-09-2017
About 1,300 workers at three Cadbury (Mondelez) sites in the United Kingdom have reached a two-year pay agreement that addresses increased cost of living. The agreement also includes an improvement in maternity pay. [read more]
Mondelez Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld to retire 03-08-2017
Irene Rosenfeld announced her retirement from Mondelez International on August 2, 2017. Replacing Rosenfeld as Mondelez CEO effective November 2017 is Dirk Van de Put who is currently Chairman and CEO of McCain Foods. [read more]
North American IUF Affiliates rally at Mondelez shareholder meeting 18-05-2017
On May 17, members from North American IUF affiliates BCTGM and UFCW rallied in advance of the Mondelez shareholder meeting in Lincolnshire, Illinois to show their commitment to defending quality employment at the company they have helped to build. Over 18 labour organizations were present to express their support; Letters of solidarity from IUF affiliates were also read out to rally participants.
International union action to defend quality employment at Mondelez 04-04-2017
IUF affiliates around the world showed their determination to defend
quality permanent employment at job-slashing Mondelez in a week of trade
union action from March 27-31, 2017.[read more]
Information on Mondelez IUF union activities in Korean 24-03-2017
Please click on the following link
to view information on Mondelez IUF union activities in Korean.[read more]
New Zealand Mondelez workers fight to save their factory 03-03-2017
Urgent call for solidarity messages for Mondelez workers in Dunedin, New Zealand 01-03-2017
On February 15, 2017, nearly 400 Mondelez workers in Dunedin, New Zealand and their union E Tu were informed that the historic Cadbury factory in their hometown would be closing with production offshored to other sites. Mondelez is a corporation driven by financial short-termism and aggressive cost cutting, which is resulting in the destruction of quality jobs. Consequently, Mondelez workers across the world have known only sell-offs, closures, outsourcing and permanent restructuring ripping jobs out of communities.
But, the fight is not over to keep the Dunedin factory open. E Tu, its members and Dunedin urgently need your solidarity and support.
Please send messages of solidarity to Sarah Meyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the IUF Secretariat, which will then be forwarded to E Tu. Let Dunedin and its Mondelez Cadbury workers know that they are not alone and that they are part of an international effort to #savequalityjobs at Mondelez.
Mondelez struggles to keep up with consumer demand for healthy food 08-02-2017
Mondelez, like many other big consumer packaged goods companies, continues to struggle with consumer demand shifts towards healthy, organic and fresh food. One of the reasons for Mondelez's troubles is that large food companies like Mondelez are being managed with a focus on financial short-termism, not as food and beverage companies with a long-term vision. [read more]
Belgian IUF affiliates LBC-NVK and BBTK act against job destruction at Mondelez 14-12-2016
IUF affiliates LBC-NVK and BBTK protested today in front of Mondelez-Mechelen against job destruction. In 2015, Mondelez-Mechelen's workforce declined by 10% and will decline by another 20% in 2017.
IUF Mondelez unions demand investment in the future of the company and its brands and an end to the continuous restructuring and financial short-termism which is driving the destruction of quality jobs at Mondelez. The IUF and its affiliated Mondelez unions and membership further demand immediate negotiations around all restructuring actions with affected unions.
Mondelez workers from across Europe demonstrate at Zurich head office 24-11-2016
IUF affiliated unions from over 13 countries rallied yesterday at European Mondelez head office to signal their determination to save the facilities, the brands, the skills and experience which built the company from the current management's reckless financial mismanagement. IUF Mondelez unions demand investment in the future of the company and its brands and an end to the financial short-termism which is driving the destruction of quality permanent jobs at Mondelez.[read more]
What’s driving Mondelēz? 16-11-2016
Mondelez is a particularly aggressive employer because of its strategic reliance on high and unsustainable levels of debt for funding top management and large shareholders at the expense of investment in building a sustainable food business.
Because of its precarious financial structure and strategy, Mondelez relies on short-term fixes and aggressive cost cutting to boost margins rather than increasing sales volume and investing in innovation. But costs cannot be endlessly cut before they endanger the business as a whole.
Read more in the latest IUF Mondelez Union Network: click here
to read, download and distribute!
Highlights from Mondelez’s Third Quarter 2016 Results: What Does it Mean for Workers 31-10-2016
On October 27, Mondelez reported its Q3 financial results. It repurchased approximately $475 million of its common stock in Q3 and paid around $264 million in cash dividends to shareholders all the while continuing the squeeze on its workforce and restructuring its business.
Mondelez has loaded up on debt to boost (on paper) its return on equity while funding buybacks and dividends rather than reinvesting in its business and workforce. The high debt ratio leaves the company, and its workers, highly vulnerable to even the slightest change in interest rates, sales income etc.[read more]
Mondelez unions come together to defend union jobs 25-09-2016
Over 40 members of IUF-affiliated trade unions representing Mondelez workers around the world marched on CEO Irene Rosenfeld's residence outside Chicago on September 21 to protest the company's systematic destruction of union employment. Most recently, the company has eliminated 600 union jobs at the Chicago Nabisco facility and announced the closure of its factory in Valladolid, Spain, with the loss of 220 jobs. [read more]
Mondelez no longer pursuing Hershey: What now? 31-08-2016
Mondelez announced on August 29, 2016 that it had ended discussions with US chocolate maker Hershey regarding a possible acquisition. Mondelez’s attempt to acquire Hershey reflects the company’s drive to boost profitability and scale in snacking and confectionery.[read more]
Affiliates fight Mondelez shareholder greed 02-05-2016
The Mondelez strategy of aggressive cost cutting and shifting production to lower cost countries is paying dividends for investors while it destroys the livelihoods of long-standing employees. [read more]
Death toll rises following fatal accident at Mondelez Egypt 18-04-2016
Three more workers have died as a result of injuries suffered following a boiler explosion and fire at the Mondelez Cadbury factory in Cairo on March 28, bringing the death toll to seven. Initially four workers were reported dead with some 60 injured, many with serious burns and in critical condition. [read more]
Mondelez disposes European brands to disposal experts Eurazeo 04-04-2016
Irish workers strike against outsourcing 14-03-2016
Members of IUF affiliates Unite the Union and SIPTU took indefinite strike action on March 3 to protect 'permanent and pensionable' jobs and stop the outsourcing of 17 permanent positions at the Mondelez Coolock chocolate factory.
The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) brought the parties together to hammer out an agreement.[read more]
BCTGM calls on US consumers to 'check the label' 14-03-2016
The IUF affiliate BCTGM has launched a 'check the label' campaign as part of its fight to support their members who are contesting the elimination of 600 jobs at the Nabisco plant in Chicago (click here
for background). [read more]
Mondelez reported to be recruiting strikebreakers in preparation for bargaining 19-02-2016
According to a report in the US union-supported Northwest Labor Press, Mondelez has recruited strikebreakers in preparation for national bargaining with the IUF-affiliated BCTGM covering 5 Nabisco biscuit plants and three distribution centers. [read more]
BCTGM steps up fight against Mondelez mass layoffs in Chicago 26-01-2016
The IUF-affiliated BCTGM has stepped up its fight against mass layoffs at the Mondelez Chicago biscuit factory by filing grievances and a federal lawsuit charging that the layoffs are discriminatory and violate the collective agreement. The union has also formally charged management with inserting non-union contract workers into the bargaining unit in order to weaken union bargaining power. [read more]
Mondelez slashes union jobs in Chicago after demanding impossible concessions 30-07-2015
Union rights violations at Mondelez North America 10-06-2015
Mondelez squeezes Ireland - closure, layoffs, casualization 09-03-2015
Cadbury 5 re-elected to Union Executive at Mondelez Alexandria 05-09-2014
The Cadbury 5 and their supporters swept to victory in elections to the executive of the independent union at Mondelez in Alexandria, Egypt held on August 29.[read more]
Cadbury 5 re-elected to Union Executive at Mondelez Alexandria 02-09-2014
The leaders were once again elected as the principal officers of the union and supporters of the leadership fill all 9 positions on the executive.[read more]
IUF and Mondelez International welcome the settlement of the Alexandria Egypt dispute 04-08-2014
Strike at Mondelez-SOTUBI in Tunisia 18-06-2014
The workers at the Saida biscuit factory in Ben Arous, south of Tunis, walked out for three days to demand the implementation of agreements signed with management in March of this year.[read more]
Belgian Unions tell Mondelez : SOTUBI Tunisia management not welcome in our plants ! 21-03-2014
IUF affiliates in Belgium take concrete action in support of Mondelez workers in Tunisia. [read more]
Heinz, Mondelez and the private equity effect 14-03-2014
Private equity dominated the February Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference, even without a formal presence - a measure of the extent to which the buyout funds' operational methods have permeated the entire food industry.[read more]
Mondelez CEO gets a New Year's message- talk to the IUF 12-02-2014
The IUF New Year postcard campaign saw over 3,500 postcards signed and sent to Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld with a simple message for 2014: talk to the IUF.[read more]
Mondelez workers in Pakistan continue to fight for permanent jobs 15-01-2014
The Cadbury union, an affiliate of the Pakistan Food Workers Federation, has been trying to re-negotiate their collective agreement for the past 20 months. At stake is the union’s determination to win permanent jobs for precarious workers and the company’s refusal to negotiate over this issue.[read more]
BCTGM sends strong message to Mondelez about alleged human rights violations - Talk to the IUF! 13-01-2014
Another delicious moment of investor joy - Mondelez increases dividend, share buybacks 12-12-2013
IUF Mondelez affiliates meet to build global organisation 12-12-2013
Rally at Mondelez in Tunisia highlights continued harassment 05-12-2013
Cadbury 5 gain support in Switzerland 29-11-2013