Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Cadbury goes to Kraft

A few months ago Mrs Rigby said this

Today the media announce that the takeover by Kraft Foods is going ahead.

On the BBC
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the government was "determined" to ensure that Cadbury jobs were secure.

"We are determined that the levels of investment that take place in Cadbury in the United Kingdom are maintained and we are determined that, at a time when people are worried about their jobs, that jobs in Cadbury can be secure," he said.

But the whole thing goes a bit peculiar if you look at some of the comments in the Mail including this note of caution from Ipswich

Cadbury employees beware! I worked for a company over here that was taken over by an American parent company. Almost overnight new layers of management were put in place & bullying in the workplace encouraged. Managers who seemd reasonable before turned into bullyboys & the workforce reduced to sub humans with no human rights. We walked through the gates we lost all rights of decency. By the time I left 5 years later a huge number were on anti-depressants.

Surely he has to be wrong,Mr Brown says the jobs will be safe.

Also, people in Britain have rights - they're all written down on pieces of paper and enforced by lawyers paid for by the Unions.

The British Unions are renowned for looking after their members, and working people always pull together to help each other during difficult times - just like in Redcar and Scunthorpe.

Read this

Note the supportive comments.

There was a time when the media announced job losses, but they don't seem to do that any more.

I wonder why.

1 comment:

418 said...

They have powerful unions in the US too: look at GM which is basically a healthcare company which just happens to make cars.

The unions and the lawyers have to be firm, though: their mere existence alone doesn't guarantee workers' rights let alone morale.