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Marine Harvest’s workers agree on strike continuation

November 13, 2013 - Aquaculture News
Marine Harvest’s workers agree on strike continuation

Employees of one of the main salmon firms in the world, Marine Harvest, have decided to continue on strike at the site in Poullaouen (Brittany) after the management proposals were deemed insufficient.

This decision was taken by the workers at a general assembly held this week that was attended by 160 people, who also agreed on carrying out symbolic actions, the news agency AFP reported.

According to members of the General Confederation of Labour (CGT), the firm made higher offers to the personnel but they are still far from what the workers demand.

“All employees have refused the proposal from the management, everyone wants to continue the negotiations,” expressed a representative of the workers’ association.

Concerns have arisen from the fact that in June the Norwegian group announced its plans to close its sites in Poullaouen, which has 187 permanent workers and 100 temporary ones.

International news sources have informed that Marine Harvest’s workers demonstrations are added to others taking place in Brittany, a windswept agricultural region in the northwestern tip of the country that has been affected by job cuts and factory closures.

Marine Harvest reported having experienced a strong increase in revenues in 2013, generating an operating profit of €270 (US$362.853) million in the first nine months of the year, representing an increase of 380 percent year on year.

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