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Union seeks injunction to block Oreo capacity shift to Mexico. Photo: iStock - chiarabramuzzo

Oreo bakers’ union files lawsuit against Mondelēz

By Douglas Yu

Mondelēz International faces a court case brought by disgruntled employees at its plant in Chicago, half of whom will lose their jobs after the company shifted the factory’s Oreo production to Mexico.

The new master contract will come into force October 4, this year

Deadlock broken: Kellogg and BCTGM agree on labor contract

By Kacey Culliney

Kellogg has finalized a five-year contract for employees across four US ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal plants following a difficult year with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM).

Staff at Gunstones bakery staged a 48-hour strike this week

550 strike over pay at 2 Sisters bakery

By Laurence Gibbons

Hundreds of workers at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery in Sheffield took part in a 48-hour strike this week, with a further 48-hour walk out planned for next month.

Smurfit Kappa Union members to hold 4-day strike

Four-day strike, starting on Friday

Strike action escalates at Smurfit Kappa

By Jenny Eagle

Smurfit Kappa trade union members have announced plans for a four-day strike, from April 17-21, in an escalation of an earlier 48-hour walkout (April 1-2), over the dismissal of two union stewards at the group's Northampton corrugated packaging facility...

Weetabix is asking for 30 voluntary redundancies


Weetabix announces 30 redundancies

By Nicholas Robinson

Weetabix will make 30 roles at its Northamptonshire sites redundant in response to increasing pressure from supermarket own-label products and the discounters, it has announced.

FoodProductionDaily industry movers June 2014

People on the move June 2014

Industry movers June 2014: International Paper, tna, SOFHT

By Joseph James Whitworth

Who made it into June's industry movers gallery with job news in the processing and packaging arena? SOFHT, International Paper, tna, ICPP, FSNS C&A and Constantia Flexibles all feature in June's gallery

Kellogg and the BCTGM will now present their evidence and arguments to a NLRB administrative law judge

Kellogg v BCTGM

NLRB issues complaint against Kellogg over Memphis lockout

By Kacey Culliney

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint over Kellogg’s Memphis plant lockout, based on federal charges brought forward by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union.

Kellogg claims the employment terms at Memphis fall under a local contract that expired in October, 2013 and can be negotiated on, but the BCTGM argues they're covered in a master contract that doesn't expire until 2015 and therefore cannot be negotiated on

Kellogg v BCTGM

Kellogg v BCTGM: Contract wars over Memphis lockout

By Kacey Culliney

The BCTGM union has accused Kellogg of acting outside the law in its lockout, claiming employment terms held under a master contract can’t be negotiated, but Kellogg says the terms fall under a local, supplemental contract which expired last October.

The BCTGM claims Kellogg cannot negotiate on rates of pay, benefits or work rules on newly hired, full-time staff until 2015 when the master contract expires


BCTGM: Kellogg’s Memphis lockout is illegal

By Kacey Culliney

Kellogg’s Memphis lockout is unlawful because employment terms are covered by a master contract that cannot be negotiated ahead of expiry in 2015, says the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union.

‘Leased’ takeover makes ILPA self-sufficient in rPET

‘Leased’ takeover makes ILPA self-sufficient in rPET

By Rory Harrington

Food packaging firm ILPA said its ‘leased’ takeover of fellow Italian company AMP Film and Packaging would allow it to become self-sufficient in the production of rPET with an annual capacity of around 10,000 tons.

Burton’s Foods strike action averted

Burton’s Foods strike action averted

By Ben Bouckley

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has called off scheduled strike action at Burton’s Foods Blackpool site, after the union agreed to further talks with company management.

Tunnock's staff walk out as pay dispute escalates

Tunnock's staff walk out as pay dispute escalates

By Elaine Watson

More than 360 staff out of 500 employed at the Tunnock's caramel wafer and teacake factory in Uddingston, Glasgow, downed tools yesterday and will strike again next Tuesday.

Union responds

Union responds

The president of Millers International Union has responded to
reports that rising labour costs were the root cause of Interstate
Bakeries' decision to "rationalise its operations".


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