Tuesday 27 September 2016

Cadburys strike action suspended as proposals 'both sides can live with' put forward

Published 04/03/2016 | 21:49

Workers from the SIPTU and UNITE trade unions pictured on the picket line at the Cadbury factory in Coolock. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Workers from the SIPTU and UNITE trade unions pictured on the picket line at the Cadbury factory in Coolock. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Picketing at the Cadburys chocolate factory could cease as a resolution to the outsourcing dispute is in sight.

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Siptu and Unite members picketed the gate of the Coolock plant yesterday as a proposal to outsource 17 jobs in its stores division was suggested by owners, Mondelez International.

A Labour Court recommendation, which included an offer by management to redeploy the affected workers elsewhere in the plant and implement a 4pc pay rise over two years, was rejected by two unions representing around 350 staff.

However, the two unions have tonight suspended their strike action "to facilitate discussion and a ballot on proposals aimed at resolving a dispute concerning outsourcing at the company".

Director general of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Kieran Mulvey said tonight that proposals had been put forward "that both sides can live with". "

"We're in the hopeful position indicating that we've reached an agreement to proposals which both parties need to bring back to their principals," he told RTE News.

"In this context, the issue of outsourcing has been resolved and a set of comprehensive proposals will hopefully be put to ballot.

"We would be hopeful that work would resume by tomorrow evening. However, that will depend on a final decision by shop stewards."

SIPTU and Unite members have suspended their strike action

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.”

The Cadburys Coolock factory, which employs around 900 staff, made more than 30,000 tonnes of Flake, Twirl, Boost and chocolate squares last year.

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