Mondelez remains firm in its intention to leave Montreal

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

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Mondelez remains firm in its intention to leave Montreal

Montreal, December 6th 2016-Mondelez who has been engaged in a vast restructuring operation since 2013 has no intention to deviate from their plan. The company whose income in Canada amounted to 3 billion in 2015 remained insensitive to the proposals held yesterday on the part of the two QFL affiliated unions and the Government of Quebec.

“Our options melted like snow in the sun, Mondelez remains firm in its determination to bring a definitive end to its activities in its Montreal facilities, deplores the QFL vice-president and Quebec coordinator of the IAMAW, David Chartrand. However we do not intend to give up on the 454 workers. These people will need our help. We will therefore work on bargaining a compensation package for each of the workers with Mondelez and we will collaborate with all interested parties to develop a strategy that will enable the development of a plan B. We must try to find work for all these people within a reasonable period of time. This said, despite the firm intention Mondelez has to leave Montreal, as representatives of the workers we had, to attempt a final effort to save these jobs.”

Good jobs are rare in the manufacturing sector in Quebec

Several quality jobs in the manufacturing sector have left Quebec in recent years. Often these jobs are relocated to countries where labor is cheap and, where the standards promote profits of the companies before all else and nothing is done to improve things.

“Currently Quebec displays its lowest unemployment rate in 40 years with a rate of 6.2%. However, let me to doubt the quality of new jobs being created, because as unemployment is dropping food aid has experienced an increase of 5.4%.  this represents 100 000 new requests for aid per month; 11% of the people who are seeking food aid have a job. More and more workers live under the threshold of poverty in Quebec. It is unacceptable. We must give ourselves the means to improve the quality and quantity of jobs and protect them. A minimum wage of $15 and measures to regulate the use of subcontracting and the relocation would be excellent starting points to help the Quebec workers,” concludes David Chartrand.