Blog: Dean BestThe food industry - it's tiring work

Dean Best | 6 November 2007

We all burn the midnight oil every now and then. Keeping up the coverage on an international news service for the food industry can be just as tiring as late-night M&A discussions over that a company you just have to buy, I bet.

Executives at consumer goods giant Unilever must have put in a long shift last night, securing a late-night deal with striking workers in the Netherlands.

The agreement ended weeks of strikes and protests at Unilever’s plans to close three sites in the Netherlands as part of its worldwide restructuring.

Comment from the unions was hard to come by today. Frans van de Veen, lead negotiator at Dutch trade union CNV, was apparently taking a hard-earned rest after securing compensation for the affected workers and an improved pay deal for those who will remain. “He was up all night and he is now probably in bed,” an insider told just-food.

No doubt Unilever execs were also sleeping easy; the closures will go ahead and the agreement also averted possible supply issues with stocks running dangerously low.


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