Ferrero Rocher lovers face a shortage just before Christmas after factory workers vote to strike
- More than a dozen workers in Workshop voted to back strike action
Sweet-toothed Britons could be disappointed this Christmas as unions have warned of a possible Ferrero Rocher shortage.
Staff at a confectionery plant in Nottinghamshire that produces the hazelnut chocolates have voted to strike over pay.
There are fears that Ferrero Rochers, which are wrapped in gold foil and known for a famous ‘Ambassador, you are really spoiling us’ advert, may be in scant supply.
Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate‘s plant in Worksop produces chocolate for the Christmas staples.
The firm is also one of the UK’s largest suppliers of cocoa products to the confectionery industry.
Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate‘s plant in Worksop produces Ferrero Rochers
Staff at the Cargill plant in Nottinghamshire (pictured) have voted to back strike action
The GMB union said more than a dozen workers had voted to back strike action.
There are 34 workers in total at the site. Dates for industrial action will be announced in the coming days.
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It is understood that workers supporting a strike make up the majority of the team behind the chocolate.
Union organisers urged Cargill’s bosses to get back around the table to hash out a pay dispute so that the festive treats can be saved.
Cameron Mitchell, GMB organiser, said: ‘The spectre of Christmas without this beloved yuletide treat would be devastating.
‘That’s exactly what’s on the cards if company bosses don’t act urgently to avoid strike action.’
He added: ‘Workers aren’t demanding gold-wrapped pay-outs, instead they’re asking for a pay packet that covers the bills.’
But Cargill said the union had made an ‘unrealistic final demand’ for a 10 per cent increase and a £1,400 one-off payment for staff.
A spokesman for Cargill said: ‘Cargill has made a fair and market competitive offer to its employees of a 5.5 per cent increase, plus the £1,400 one-off payment.
‘We greatly value our employees and the work they do and are disappointed we have not yet come to a collaborative agreement with the union.’
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