• Employees at the Alsa factory in Ludres, in Meurthe-et-Moselle, stopped work on Wednesday.

  • The cause ?

    They fear a relocation of their activity.

  • "Dr. Oetker only wanted to recover the Alsa brand, it is very well known, it has existed for 125 years, and now they want to get rid of the site, they are relocating very slowly," lamented Pascal Jamis, CGC delegate.

They took the powder (escampette).

Employees of the Alsa factory in Ludres, in Meurthe-et-Moselle, which notably produces sachets of pink yeast for the Dr. Oetker group, stopped work on Wednesday.

They denounce a "drop in activity" and fear a forthcoming "relocation".

Several dozen employees stopped work and gathered in front of the factory with banners "Oetker = Pillager" and "Oetker = relocation", announcing their intention to continue the movement "until the end of the week".

"In recent months, we have had production lines stopped more and more often, this is a situation that we have never known", explained Joël Blumenfeld, CFDT delegate employed for 35 years, speaking on behalf of the intersyndicale.

"Dr. Oetker wants to withdraw our productions from us and entrust them to other sites, in Germany or elsewhere, it has already started", he lamented.

“We were a successful factory, overnight we were passed off as a failing factory,” he continued.

This industrial site has 106 permanent employees, according to the unions, and produces powdered preparations for desserts as well as the iconic pink sachets of baking powder marketed under the Alsa brand.

"They relocate very slowly"

The site was acquired, along with the Alsa brand, by the German group Dr. Oetker from the Unilever group in 2018. At the time, it had 140 employees.

It has since been renamed under the entity “EM Foods”.

"Dr. Oetker only wanted to recover the Alsa brand, it is very well known, it has existed for 125 years, and now they want to get rid of the site, they are slowly relocating", lamented Pascal Jamis, CGC delegate, also speaking at name of the inter-union.

The latter regretted "the lack of dialogue" with the management.

Solicited, neither the president of the company, Didier Muller, nor the managing director, Ulrich Classen, wanted to react.

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