December 2, 2016
I.A.M.A.W. statement following the announced closure of the Mondelez plant
Quebec loses 454 good jobs
This unexpected news struck the 454 Mondelez workers with full force. The I.A.M.A.W. has difficulty understanding the situation.
"We are officially in solution mode. We will soon sit down with the employer to evaluate the alternatives that are available to us", explains Pierre Grenier, the Quebec I.A.M.A.W. Director who represents workers at Mondelez. We will work hard in the coming weeks to save jobs and find a solution that will benefit our members. "
At this stage, the union places part of the blame on the Provincial Liberal government's inaction on the implementation of job protection measures and a consolidation and safeguard plan for the manufacturing sector. "The Liberal government is sowing the seeds of job insecurity. The latter had promised to create 250,000 jobs, and I would advise them first and foremost to work on preserving jobs, "said David Chartrand Quebec coordinator of the I.A.M.A.W. Employment in the manufacturing sector is a real economic boom for Quebec. This sector adds value for our raw materials and is a crucial tool for economic diversification. Having a strong manufacturing sector which is guided by job protection measures allows a state to have some influence on its economic destiny. Unfortunately, our government has once again been caught sleeping and remains inactive in the face of the exodus of jobs that enable the survival of the middle class and contribute to the health of our economy.
The closing of Mondelez raises many questions, has the government been consulted? Does it have the intention on saving these jobs? Given the already difficult situation in the East end of Montreal, we cannot stand idle in the face of these lost jobs. Having said that, we believe there is still time for the Couillard government to show goodwill. It is for this reason that we invite the Minister of Economy, Dominique Anglade and the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, François Blais, to join us in trying to find a solution for these 454 families who have just received an unwanted gift at the onset of the holidays. "