A strike at one of Candia’s plants in western France, ended yesterday following progress in negotiations with management.

The Le-Lude-based plant, which employs 190 staff, is set to close in 2014 as part of a restructuring programme.

The strike, which began on 9 January, had been called in protest to the terms and conditions of a company scheme relating to alternative employment provision for redundant workers.

“Negotiations on this scheme have moved forward and further meetings are scheduled to be held in the weeks ahead,” a Candia spokesman said.

“Given that the strike was prolonged at the Le Lude plant it is going to a take a few days before activity gets back to normal,” he added.

Staff striking at a second Candia plant in St Yorre, also set to close, have voted to return to work today. Industrial action had begun on 17 January.

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Evidence that there is still some way to go before an agreement is reached with management, workers at both plants have called for a boycott of Candia products.

Another Candia plant, at Villefranche-sur-Saone, is also earmarked for closure.