|In Pakistan 53 permanent workers but over 350 contract workers, many of them in ‘core’ production positions, manufacture Cadbury-branded products for Mondelez, the “global snacks powerhouse” carved out of the former Kraft Foods one year ago. Management calls these workers “outsiders” and rejects the union’s demand for negotiations on their employment status. Many of these workers have long records of continuous employment at the factory, but are denied their mandatory pension and social security benefits.
Management has stated that the casuals will NEVER be made permanent and has threatened to close the factory. Dismissal proceedings have been initiated against active union members, others have received warning letters.
On September 13 the Mondelez union and the national food workers’ federation launched a national protest campaign in support of their demands, beginning with a demonstration at the company’s head office in Karachi and alternating with protest actions at the factory and in cities across the country.