Nestlé-Froneri: French unions fight for a decent settlement
Froneri, Nestlé's ice cream joint venture, announced in October its intention to close yet another former Nestlé site, the factory and research centre in Beauvais, France.
The unions represented at the Nestlé-Froneri factory in Beauvais (the 3 IUF-affiliated unions FGTA-FO, CFTC, CFE-CGC and the CGT) have reached a settlement for the 317 workers which will provide a decent foundation for their future.
In addition to their statutory premiums, workers will receive a payout of up to 75,000 euros (for those with over 9 years of service). Early retirement schemes will be available for workers who are 56 years old or older, providing payments for 5 years well above the legal provisions.
To increase pressure on management to negotiate in good faith, workers blocked access to the factory for 5 days beginning on 28 November.
Negotiations on behalf of the 75 workers at the research centre are still ongoing. The final agreement should be signed in January.
On 2 November, workers from Beauvais demonstrated at Nestlé France head office near Paris.