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US company replacing striking workers after negotiations collapse

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Kellogg's cereal plant workers demonstrate in front of the plant in Battle Creek, Michigan on Oct. 7, 2021.

A US multinational food manufacturing company is replacing workers that went on strike in the hope of achieving their rights after talks aimed at reaching a middle ground fail.

The new decision by Kellogg's will lead to dismissal of some of its 1,400 striking cereal plant workers.

“We recognize the hardship that this prolonged strike represents for our employees,” the company claimed in a statement.

The move follows the collapse of talks, which reportedly involved 14 rounds of negotiations.

“After 15 negotiations sessions in 2021 – and no proposals put to membership for a vote – we are left with no choice but to best serve the short- and long-term interests of our customers and consumers by moving to the next phase of our contingency plans.”

The Battle Creek, Michigan-based company began negotiating a new four-year contract on Sept. 8 but the workers insist that their demands are not met in those contracts.

Therefore, workers in the food chamber are taking advantage of Covid-19 pandemic to make sure that could receive enough pay and benefits.

This is while food companies such as Kellogg’s have difficulties finding replacements for food-production workers during labor shortages caused by the pandemic.

With the company accusing the workers of blocking entrances to its cereal plant, the strike has become increasingly bitter.

Supply chain disruptions across the country are, meanwhile, driving up prices and leading to a growing shortage of goods as the US economy struggles to fully recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.


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