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September 21, 2022

Strikes planned at Grupo Bimbo Madrid plant earmarked for closure

Around 275 workers are affected by the plans to close the Paracuellos facility.

By Simon Harvey

Workers at a Madrid plant owned by Mexico-headquartered bakery major Grupo Bimbo are to strike over plans to close the factory.

The Madrid branch of the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) union said industrial action is planned for 26 September and three days next month, on 3, 4 and 10 of October.

More than 200 permanent workers at the factory in the town of Paracuellos are affected, along with 75 indirect staff, the CCOO said in a statement, adding consultations with employees were set to begin on 20 September.

Group Bimbo gave different numbers in a statement provided to Just Food of 170 permanent staff and 31 indirect positions.

“The decision to cease activity was taken after analysing the productivity and costs at the Paracuellos production plant,” the statement read.

“Grupo Bimbo has already started contacts with the labour representatives of the plant workers, with the aim of opening a dialogue and negotiation process that will allow [us] to reach an agreement that minimises, as far as possible, the impact of this decision.”

The company, one of the world’s largest bakeries, began operating in Spain in 1965, according to its website, which lists 19 local brands such as Ortiz, Pantera Rosa and Donettes. CCOO said the business supplies donuts and pastries across Madrid from the Paracuellos plant.

Grupo Bimbo’s plan to shutter the plant in Madrid was announced on 13 September, the union said. It is calling for a plan to keep the factory open. “The company is totally viable and its future must be guaranteed.”

Last year, the group added to its assets in Spain with the acquisition of a factory in the centre of the country from local manufacturer Cerealto Siro Foods.

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