Agreement reached over Cadbury industrial action

Saturday 05 March 2016 22.12
A statement issued on behalf of Mondelez, Cadbury's management company, welcomed the progress
A statement issued on behalf of Mondelez, Cadbury's management company, welcomed the progress

An agreement has been reached to end the strike over outsourcing at the Cadbury production plant in Coolock, Dublin.

The proposals were agreed at talks between management and union representatives at the Workplace Relations Commission.

The proposals will be referred back to Cadbury's management company, Mondelez International in Zurich, and also to union shop stewards at both the Dublin plant and another plant in Rathmore, Co Kerry.

The unions involved in the strike, SIPTU and UNITE, said they were suspending the industrial action on the basis that outsourcing at Coolock is now off the table.

Production at the plant in Coolock resumed this evening when the night shift started at 10pm.

Union members will vote on the proposals in the coming weeks.

A statement issued on behalf of Mondelez welcomed the progress made at the WRC.

It said the company's manufacturing business in Ireland remains under intense pressure from international competition.

It added that changes made at the Coolock site, which include the investment of €11.7m in new chocolate making technology, are essential to help address competitiveness. 

The company also said protective notice has been withdrawn for the workforce at the Rathmore plant and production there is to restart.

Rathmore produces chocolate crumb for Coolock and production had stopped because of the strike at Coolock.

Hundreds of workers at the Dublin plant had held industrial action for the last two days over plans to outsource 17 positions in the plant's stores division, as part of a Labour Court recommendation which was rejected by Unite and SIPTU.