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Swiss union Unia has warned multinational Nestlé it will not tolerate changes that have left employees in the country’s Nespresso factories facing unbearable stress and fatigue. Members of the union demonstrated outside the company’s Lausanne base on 11 February to “denounce intolerable working conditions at the company's three Nespresso production sites in Switzerland.” Despite union opposition, Nespresso has established a '4x8' production regime which has meant reduced staffing on extended clusters of long shifts. Once a month, workers are required to work up to 58 hours a week, plus two weekends at 12-hour shifts, with no more than two continuous days off. The union reports a ‘huge majority’ of workers report stress, fatigue and severe disruption to their lives outside work. It says Nestlé has rejected Unia's demand for a more humane reorganisation of the staffing and production schedules and management recognition of union delegates at the sites. Unia has collective agreements at other Nestlé manufacturing facilities in Switzerland, but the union says Nespresso refuses recognition and negotiation and has created a non-union committee where it claims the problems are being addressed. Unia says it will not tolerate unacceptable working conditions at one of Nestlé’s flagship brands.
IUF news release.
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