Nutella factory strike comes to an end

Chocaholics, breath a sigh of relief. A demonstration by workers at Nutella’s manufacturing facility in France that threatened to cause a global shortage of the product has ended.

After more than a week of strikes, workers at the Villers-Ecalles plant, run by confectionery giant Ferrero, have removed picket lines and are back to work.

Activists from the factory, which produces 600,000 jars of Nutella a day, had staged walkouts and barred trucks from entering or leaving the premises in a dispute over pay.

The strikers demanded a 4.5% pay rise, as well as a €900 one-off bonus. So far they have been offered just a 0.4% increase in pay. Spokeswoman Prescillia Bourguignon said management had made ‘positive progress’ with staff, adding that more negotiations would take place.

The supply of Nutella to New Zealand and Australia was never under threat, as the product is manufactured in Lithgow, New South Wales for the Australasian market.