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Friday 26 May 2017

Strike at Cadbury's plant is suspended

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
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

Alan O'Keeffe

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.

Irish Independent

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