Kellogg's, a major client of the controversial Liverpool (UK) packaging company which has locked-out more than 140 of its employees, is to have its sites in Manchester, Wrexham and Bristol leafleted.
Austrian-owned, Mayr-Melnhof Packaging (MMP) has unlawfully dismissed its staff and in the escalating campaign to get the company around the negotiating table, according to Unite. Unite members will be leafleting Kellogg's sites.
Unite, a UK union, is campaigning against the illegal closure of the MMP Bootle factory. The sites being targeted will be the Kellogg's Trafford Park site in Manchester and the offices at Talbot Road, also in Trafford.
Unite regional officer, Phil Morgan said: "MMP engaged in a shameful act when it dismissed and locked-out its hardworking workforce. The leafleting of Kellogg's - one of MMP's major clients - as part of our growing campaign to get the company around the table and achieve justice for our members. The illegal closure of the MMP Bootle factory is a disgrace."
The dispute has now embroiled the highly ethical Norwegian government, a minority shareholder in MMP. Unite has written to the company's shareholders in a bid to make them put pressure on the management to negotiate a fair settlement.
Unite has told MMP shareholders and Kellogg's that they have broken British law and international labour standards.
The sacked workers have been in dispute with MMP since the company imposed the lock-out on 18 February when it selected 49 people for redundancy, forcing workers into accepting poorer redundancy terms, Unite said.
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