A meeting between the management and unions of the Ferrero factory in Arlon took place on Saturday in an effort to reassure workers.
We know from Friday evening that the Ferrero Ardennes factory located in Arlon no longer has the rights to produce. A decision by the Federal Agency for the Safety of Food Chains (AFSCA) led to several cases of salmonellosis identified in Europe in recent weeks at Kinder Chocolate. A case has come to light in Luxembourg. This Saturday, the unions met with the personnel manager at the Ferrero site.
A meeting in which the labor representatives sought answers to many of their questions. Mainly in relation to the future of the 800 seasonal workers whose contracts have just expired, in this traditionally sluggish period of production. “He had to sign a new contract after the Easter holidays. What if?” Permanent CSC for the food sector asks Sylvian Arnold.
As we know, the Arlon factory is closed next week for the long-announced maintenance work. but then ? “The management has announced to us that it is extending this maintenance work by a week along with the cleaning work. Therefore additional staff will be required. Ferrero’s management awaits instructions from AFSCA. When these figures are known, Ferrero will see more clearly and the action plan we are seeking can be implemented”, continues Sylvien Arnold.
For those who cannot find a way back to the factory, the question of salary arises and the terms are not known at the moment. The company says it is ready to cooperate with Afsca and wants to be able to resume production as soon as possible. Ferrero has also promised to communicate more with its employees. On Friday afternoon, when AFSCA’s decision was announced, the production line ran until the 10 p.m. break.
“The laborers have finished their day’s work and the night shift has come to clean the production line. You don’t stop a production line, that’s all, you have to clear the line. Management was also awaiting details from AFSCA on the terms of this shutdown,” explains union representatives who spent part of the night at the site from Friday to Saturday close to disillusioned and worried workers.
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