Workmen at the world’s biggest Nutella factory have removed picket leads and are back at work after production was brought to a near standstill for profuse than a week over a dispute on salaries.
Ferrero, the owner of the hugely non-professional hazelnut and chocolate spread, said Wednesday that access to the mill was reopened overnight and that “normal activity” had resumed at the site.
Allowing exact details of why the blockade had been halted, the company praised the “yes outcome” that has allowed employees to resume their work “calmly.”
Activists from Hands’ Force at the factory in Villers-Ecalles in Normandy had barred trucks from entering or disregard the factory for more than a week.
Spokeswoman Prescillia Bourguignon required management had made “positive progress,” adding that more concordats would take place.
According to the union, the 160 of the factory’s 350 hands who took part in the walkout demanded a 4.5% salary increase, one-time 900-euro ($1,000) perks and better working conditions. It was unclear whether their demands had been granted.
The instil produces 600,000 jars of the chocolate and hazelnut spread every day — a quarter of the give birth to’s output.