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Cadbury workers suspend strike after agreement to take outsourcing "off the table"

The strike began early yesterday morning.

90411317 Source: RollingNews.ie

WORKERS AT THE Cadbury chocolate factory in Coolock, Dublin have tonight suspended their industrial action, after all-day negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

In a statement posted to Facebook tonight, 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.

He added:

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

Hundreds of workers had begun indefinite industrial action on Thursday morning, after the company – now owned by Swiss group Mondelez International – proposed outsourcing 17 jobs.

A spokesperson for Mondelez said the group “welcomed the significant progress made” in talks at the WRC today.

A comprehensive proposal has been recommended by the WRC and the company welcomes the suspension of industrial action.

However, they warned that:

The Mondelez Manufacturing business in Ireland remains under intense pressure from international competition.
The changes planned, which include the investment of €11.7million in new chocolate making technology, are essential to help address competitiveness at the Coolock site.

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