Cadbury’s: Unite members set to down tools next Thursday

unite-white-out-of-redResolution of dispute in company’s hands

Outsourcing of core jobs imposed without agreement

February 26th: Around 220 members of Unite at the Cadbury’s plant in Coolock are set to go on strike from 7 am next Thursday (March 3rd) following the company’s unilateral decision to outsource 17 core roles. The dispute, which involves members of both Unite and SIPTU, follows an overwhelming vote for industrial action by members of both unions. Speaking today (Friday 26 February), Unite Regional Coordinating Officer Richie Browne said that unions remain available for meaningful talks with the company, but he warned that the action – set to be of unlimited duration – will proceed unless the company withdraws plans to outsource key roles from next Thursday.

“As one of Coolock’s lynchpin employers, Cadbury’s has traditionally been a provider of good jobs in the area: permanent, pensionable and unionised jobs. Now, the company has unilaterally decided to outsource core roles without the agreement of the workers or their unions.

“The resolution of this dispute is in the company’s hands. The unions have made a number of proposals to management, and remain available to discuss alternative ways in which efficiencies can be delivered.

“In the absence of such talks, our members will go on strike from 7 am next Thursday”, Mr Browne said.

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