Not at Kubal

Protests Against Candy-Free Vending Machines

Employees at one of Sweden’s major producers of aluminium are protesting because the company has decided they should eat less candy.

The conflict began when health tests at the Kubal company in the northern city of Sundsvall revealed than many employees had gained weight and had high blood pressure. To deal with the problem the company removed candy and soft drinks from vending machines, and started serving salads in the cafeteria.

Employees have complained about top-down decision-making and have circulated petitions demanding the return of candy and soft drinks. Kubal’s management admits they may have been poor at communicating, and says they are discussing several alternatives, including fruit baskets.

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