Mowi convicted of unfair dismissals in France

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Court orders more that 100 people, who were made redundant in 2014, to be compensated by salmon giant.

Le Telegramme reports that a French court has upheld that Mowi employees were unfairly dismissed in 2014 with “no real and serious cause”.

111 employees were fired in 2014 after the closure of the former Poullaouen salmon processing facility, in the French province of Brittany.

The court ruled that Marine Harvest, now called Mowi, will have to pay each employee between six and twenty months’ salary, depending on their position.

Lawyer Roger Potin, acting on behalf of the fired staff, told the publication 20 Minutes that Mowi’s acquisition of the Polish salmon smoker Morpol was “hidden from the elected staff”.

“The economic motive (invoked by Marine Harvest) was dismissed by the court. We are dealing with a global group that has decided to buy a Polish company, to sacrifice a French factory, and finally, the Court of Appeal has just said that no, we cannot do anything to justify safeguarding competitiveness. It’s not just the profitability of shareholders that counts, it’s also the employment situation locally,” said Potin.