Hundreds of workers at the Cadbury factory in Coolock began an indefinite strike this morning in a dispute over the outsourcing of jobs.
The company plans to outsource 17 positions, a move which was instantly rejected by Unite and SIPTU. Both unions are now striking until the company changes their mind. The unions represent around 350 of the 900 employees at the Coolock plant.
However the ownder of Cadbury, Modelez International, had this to say on the matter:
Any form of industrial action only further undermines the future viability of both the Coolock and Rathmore manufacturing sites and this action ultimately endangers the jobs of the circa 700 people who are employed within the business.
The management team remains available to meet again with the SIPTU and UNITE representatives to attempt to find ways to resolve this dispute and to work together on building a more sustainable future for the Coolock and Rathmore sites.
Let's hope an agreement can be reached soon - for the sake of 700 jobs, and our chocolate addiction.