Unions have said they will suspend their strike action at Cadbury's production plant in Dublin to facilitate talks.

Unions held talks with management at the Workplace Relations Commission over the outsourcing of 17 jobs at Cadbury.

Workers placed pickets at the company's plant in Coolock in Dublin for the second day today as the talks took place late into this evening. 

After the talks, SIPTU and Unite members said that they will suspend their strike action to facilitate discussion and a ballot on proposals aimed at resolving the dispute.

SIPTU Sector Organiser John Dunne said: "Following discussions today, the Workplace Relations Commission has put forward proposals which achieve cost savings at the company but do not involve the outsourcing of jobs.

"On the basis that outsourcing is now off the table, SIPTU and Unite members have decided to suspend their strike action.

"SIPTU and UNITE will convene a joint shop stewards' meeting and then proceed to ballot our members on these proposals."

Mondelez Ireland said they have welcomed the progress made during today's talks.

In a statement released this evening, the company said: "The Mondelez Manufacturing business in Ireland remains under intense pressure from international competition. 

"The changes planned, which include the investment of €11.7m in new chocolate making technology, are essential to help address competitiveness at the Coolock site."