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French spirit

Issue No. 1731

Workers in the French port of Calais have shown exactly how to take on a multinational. Hundreds of workers at the Lu biscuit factory walked out on strike last week after the giant food multinational Danone announced it wanted to shut the plant. The workers were still out on strike this week, and a strike across Danone in France was planned for Thursday. Danone is a multinational company that produces drinks, yoghurt and other dairy products, and biscuits.

It wants to close factories and sack 3,000 workers despite making profits of £450 million in 1999. Christian, one of the Calais strikers, said, 'Closure will mean even more of the family on the dole. My four children are already unemployed.' Marcel added, 'We will use all possible methods to stop the closure.'

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Sat 20 Jan 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1731
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