Argentine workers protest at Belgian packing plant
Workers in the Argentine province of Neuquén have protested against Belgian-owned Univeg's decision to close an apple packing plant early, despite the fact there are still varieties remaining that could be processed, reported newspaper La Mañana Neuquén.
The company announced it would cease contracts at the Maciel Plant, while a protest delegate known as 'Kristensen' told the newspaper the season usually continued until April 15, but 'to wait a whole year to work 45 days is nonesense'.
The story reported the Argentinean arm of the Belgian company gave workers five more days to work after the announcement.
It was reported the company could have had provisions to continue the season if it had reached an agreement with unions to reduce costs in recent discussions.
Workers have criticized fruit union secretary general Rubén López for his absence during the conflict, the story reported.