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More than 200 workers at Falcon Foods concentrate to prevent entry to the factory and to keep the merchandise (27/04/2009)

UGT note from Murcia:

Just six days after the 500 workers who continue to shape the workforce of the canning Falcon Fields River Foods, which started late last Tuesday, April 21, an indefinite strike to show their unequivocal rejection of the situation total inactivity has dragged the company for more than six months, this morning, the tension has returned to reign at the factory gates.

Early in the morning, more than 200 workers at the cannery are suffering from the economic and moral consequences of being without work and without charge more than half a year, have become a focus for prevention, outside and beyond that managers Falcon Foods in Campos del Río access inside the factory without a word or with the workers or their representatives.

Despair, anger and tension, has led them to weld the doors of the warehouse to prevent the goods may be removed and returned to benefit only to senior management.

Thus, as explained by the Secretary General of the Federation Agrifood (FTA) of UGT Murcia Jesus House, "are protecting their rights and interests, because if the goods leave here disappear only option the workers have to recover any compensation. "

We are facing a full-scale disinvestment.

Falcon Foods now carries more than five million euros of losses and also owes more than 50 million euros.

Since last October, workers have been waiting for the moment it is closed once and for all that agreement would end with the sale of Hawk group to the factory Foods Cofrusa Murcia, who would be responsible for taking charge of the two plants that this group has in the Region, and Calasparra Campos del Río.

Allegedly, negotiations have continued to succeed but the only real break is the total situation of the factory and the deplorable conditions of workers.

As House said, if you close the sale, "more than 1,000 workers who are swelling the ranks of regional unemployment, it would work again as it should be noted that Falcon Foods has been fed to three municipalities: Campos del Río, Albudeite and Calasparra.

Cofrusa position is clear: buy Falcon Foods but complete, not part of the group.

Apparently, the president of Falcon Foods, Carlos Lopez, would be interested in selling facilities and Calasparra Campos del Río, but would keep the factory has in Peru Cofrusa why not stop taking the step because, become so, Falcon Foods begin to make unfair competition and even to use their own brand.

The Feasibility Plan is more than business on the table over and Development Institute of the Region of Murcia.

The Regional Government has also expressed concern about the situation of the company but still nothing closed.

Thus, the strike began and intends to denounce the precarious conditions that most workers are experiencing at the moment, as many of them are no unemployment benefits and are being forced to resort to family and friends to survive.

And secondly, to denounce the fact that the company has not been able, yet, to reach an agreement with the buyers.

The workers are clear and do not let their guard down.

Around 11:00 hours the plant has gone to the Human Resources Director Falcon Foods, Juan Antonio Garralda, who has sent Jesus House and the chairman of the committee, Mari Sales, that "the intention of the management is access to the company for two days work in a normal way so the third day, reaching an agreement ", saying at the same time, all they wanted was to pick managers for additional documents to carry out aucerdo signature.

The rejection has been resounding and pressure of workers has persisted throughout the morning.

In this regard, the Chamber said that everything is "an act of devilry that is drawing to extremes so UGT continue to defend the interests and welfare of the entire workforce are seeing is forced to take action as of this morning. "

Some workers, on the other hand, have also expressed discomfort with the CCOO trade union delegates in Campos del Rio.

Banners with messages like "CCOO resignation" could be read this morning at the gates of the cannery and ask workers, all agreed in saying that they feel cheated by the delegates of CCOO, who have not supported the strike or protest.

Source: UGT Región de Murcia

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