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Union response to job losses at Cadbury

28 September 2018 

AMWU TASMANIA SECRETARY JOHN SHORT WILL HOLD A MEDIA CONFERENCE ON THE JOB LOSSES AT CADBURY.
WHEN: 11.30am, FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018
WHERE: OUTSIDE CADBURY’S FACTORY, 100 CADBURY RD, CLAREMONT, TASMANIA.

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) members at Cadbury are disappointed the company has decided to make more than 10 per cent of the workforce redundant.

Cadbury has announced 42 redundancies, with the affected workers mainly from the Flake and Twirl section which has undergone increased automation.

“This is the third round of redundancies at Cadbury in three years and we are concerned that the company is embarking on a program of increased automation without sufficient regard for the loyal workers who are being displaced,’ said AMWU Tasmania Secretary John Short.

Mr Short said many of the workers who will lose their jobs had been employed at Cadbury for many years, and older workers in particular will find it difficult to find other jobs. He said it was a matter of concern that the company announced the redundancies to the media before affected workers were notified.

“We are concerned about the move towards employing workers under labour hire arrangements, which has been accelerated following the previous two rounds of redundancies,” Mr Short said.

“Cadbury appears to be cutting too many workers, too quickly and the only conclusion we can draw from that is they are seeking to casualise the workforce.”

Mr Short said the AMWU was seeking a workforce audit to ensure that on-going roles at Cadbury were permanent positions and not casual jobs, with employees engaged under labour hire arrangements.

“There have been generations of families who have worked at the Claremont factory but with the ongoing shift to a more casualised, insecure workforce, the well-paid, secure jobs may not be there for future generations,” Mr Short said.

Media contact John Short 0418 839 026

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