Strike at Cadbury's plant is suspended
Published 05/03/2016 | 02:30
Strike action at Cadbury's has been suspended after a breakthrough in the row over outsourcing jobs.
Industrial action at the factory could cease and normal business resume at the Coolock chocolate factory today, as a resolution to the dispute is in sight.
Siptu and Unite members picketed the gate of the plant yesterday over a proposal by owners Mondelez International to outsource 17 jobs in its stores division.
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, Siptu and Unite last night suspended their strike action "to facilitate discussion and a ballot on proposals aimed at resolving a dispute concerning outsourcing at the company".
Kieran Mulvey, director general of the Workplace Relations Commission, said proposals had been put forward "that both sides can live with". "
"We would be hopeful that work would resume by tomorrow evening. However, that will depend on a final decision by shop stewards," he said.
The Siptu and Unite unions confirmed members will suspend their strike action at the Cadbury's plant to facilitate discussion and a ballot on the proposals.