Sandwich maker Greencore Group has hit the headlines this morning after the Daily Mail revealed it had been forced to look for workers in Eastern Europe for its new factory because Britons won’t do the job.According to the newspaper report, headlined ‘Is there no one left in Britain who can make a sandwich?’, Greencore bosses are making the journey to Hungary this morning to recruit new staff for the new factory in Northampton, which is due to open in 2016.The firm, which makes around 430 million sandwiches a year and supplies sandwiches to Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda, admitted that it would have to recruit the majority of the 300 workers it needs from overseas. It said this was due to people in the UK being unenthusiastic about the job roles.Allyson Russell, Greencore’s human resources director, told the paper that the company had tried to recruit in the UK, but that it was “not always the kind of work” people wanted to do.A Greencore spokesperson said: “Greencore employs around 1,100 colleagues in Northampton and is currently looking to recruit a number of new staff. “We have already started a range of recruitment initiatives locally and have been pleased with the response.”The new £35million factory is due to open in early 2016 in in Northampton.The average wage in Hungary is just over £7,000. Even if workers coming here were on the minimum wage, they would earn almost double that at £13,520 a year.The sandwich company completed the disposal of its foodservice desserts business, Ministry of Cake this year, for upfront cash consideration of £8m and deferred consideration of up to £3m.
By Dialogo September 25, 2009 Guatemala City, 24 September (EFE).- The U.S. government donated another ten million dollars to fight drug trafficking in Guatemala, a country considered to be a natural stop along the way for the shipment of cocaine from South America to the United States, official sources announced today. According to the Guatemalan Interior Minister, Raúl Velásquez, the United States will also give Guatemala two helicopters, in addition to the economic resources. The aircraft and the ten million dollars will be put to use to prevent drug trafficking in the Central American country, the minister affirmed, speaking to reporters. Over the course of the last year, the United States has donated twenty million dollars to the war on drugs in Guatemala, which also has at its disposal four helicopters given by Washington. Guatemala is considered a transshipment point for the drug trade, with around 250 tons of cocaine a year passing through the country, according to U.S. authorities. In a press conference held yesterday for foreign correspondents, Velásquez said that the drug traffickers are no longer paying their accomplices in the country with cash, but instead with drugs, which are then distributed within Guatemalan territory. So far in 2009, this nation’s security forces have seized around 4,878 kilos of cocaine.
During Pope Francis’s greeting in St. Peter’s Square on Tuesday a woman grabbed his hand and tugged him toward her causing Pope Francis to slap the woman’s hand to free himself from her.The video shows the woman shouting at the Pope but it is not clear what she was telling him.The pope continued greeting people, but kept his distance as he was making his way to the Nativity scene at the center of Vatican City.