Published: 19/11/2002

Unions representing workers from over 60% of Nestlé’s plants throughout the Asia-Pacific region met in Jakarta, Indonesia 28-30 September 2002. The meeting was also attended by Jörg Lindner of the German Food and Hotel Workers, the NGG, which acts at the IUF’s global coordinating union for Nestlé.

The meeting which is part of a new global Nestlé project which the IUF has launched with the support of the Freidrich Ebert Foundation and the global IUF coordinating union, the IUF’s German affiliate, the NGG, started with a clear and determined message from IUF general secretary Ron Oswald. “The world’s largest food company must make it clear that it will respect internationally recognized rights for its workers throughout the Nestlé system. The only legitimate and credible way it can do so is jointly with the IUF as the global trade union federation that represents so many Nestlé workers around the world.

The meeting heard a detailed description of global Nestlé business and social policies and delegates sharing information to establish the basis for continued common approaches and strategies in the Asia/Pacific region.

Delegates adopted a set of priorities and an action plan.