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UK unions and lawmakers criticize Kraft CEO

Date: 16 Mar 2010

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British union leaders and lawmakers lashed out at Kraft Inc. Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld for failing to appear before an inquiry on the U.S. company's takeover of British confectioner Cadbury on Tuesday. The Unite union also criticized Rosenfeld for failing to meet directly with workers at Cadbury sites across the country to reassure them about the company's plans after it backtracked on a promise to keep open a local factory.

Kraft's takeover of 195-year-old Cadbury caused much consternation in Britain, where it is a much-loved brand and the company's future remains in the spotlight ahead of a general election to be held by the start of June.

Rosenfeld declined to appear before a cross-party committee of lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday to answer questions about the takeover, sending Executive Vice-President Marc Firestone instead.

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