Cadbury workers at Ringwood will take 24-hour strike action again this Friday in their call for secure jobs, better pay and improved conditions.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) say nearly 300 Cadbury workers at one Cadbury site in Melbourne will take strike action again after the company continues to refuse to covert workers to permanent roles (some for as long as ten years).
Cadbury has brought in temporary workers to replace workers who will be taking strike action, a move the AMWU say is hostile given these essential Cadbury workers have kept Australia stocked up with chocolate during a pandemic.
When chocolate sales have gone through the roof these essential food workers deserve secure jobs, and decent pay and conditions.
Negotiations with Cadbury have broken down as workers voted overwhelmingly against the company’s EBA, with over 81% saying it wasn’t good enough.
Quotes attributable to AMWU National Secretary Steve Murphy:
“We need secure jobs as part of a manufacturing-led recovery as we head into the next phase of Covid, and into a federal election.
“Weak bargaining laws mean workers are continually forced to take industrial action without pay to fight for basic rights.
“Cadbury workers deserve certainty, security and jobs they can count on.”
Quotes attributable to AMWU State Secretary (Victoria) Tony Mavromatis:
“Cadbury workers shouldn’t be forced to take more strike action, without pay over their legitimate call for secure jobs.
“These workers helped Cadbury secure record sales during a pandemic and now when it’s their turn for ask for secure jobs they’re being ignored – shame on Cadbury.
“Workers at Cadbury are standing together so that every worker is treated with dignity and can feel secure at work.”
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