Talks between Nestle and workers started in March

Talks between Nestle and workers started in March

A Nestle cereals and cooking ingredients plant in Venezuela has started operations again after a strike stopped production for two days, with workers resuming talks on pay.

Staff at the facility in El Tocuyo in west-central Venezuela began the industrial action on Tuesday but ended the walkout late on Wednesday.

"Our factory in El Tocuyo has indeed been affected by a strike in the context of protracted collective bargaining negotiations," a Nestle spokesperson said. "However, the trade union agreed to resume full operations of our factory while they continue to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with Nestlé Venezuela, in presence of the local labour authorities."

The spokesperson said Nestle would not comment on the talks nor on why a deal has yet to be reached.

Workers in the country are facing pressure on living standards amid high inflation. Venezuela's Central Bank, the BCV, estimated accumulated inflation of 39% in the first eight months of 2014.

However, the company and workers have yet to reach a deal on pay despite negotiations starting in March.

The facility is one of the five plants Nestle owns in Venezuela. It employs about 900 workers.