Local Coolock Deputy, Tommy Broughan, has expressed shock and disappointment at the news that Mondelez/Cadbury will be reducing the number of staff at their Oscar Traynor Road facility by up to 70 people (from the current 380 employed there).
Deputy Broughan said “While the promised investment of €15 million by Mondelez into manufacturing and packing technology at the Coolock plant is welcome, it’s very disappointing that this positive news is accompanied by an announcement of job cuts. Cadbury at Oscar Traynor Road has been a very important employer for the greater Coolock area for nearly 70 years. Indeed, the plant which originated and developed many important chocolate products has played an iconic role in Coolock’s history with members of thousands of our families employed there.”
Mondelez/Cadbury has informed Deputy Broughan that the job losses will be “mainly through leavers and voluntary redundancies over the next 2 years” but this is still very disquieting news for the workforce and their trade unions. Hopefully the promised consultation process will now proceed with the Mondelez/Cadbury workers and their trade union representatives and that there will be no attempt to impose compulsory redundancies.
Deputy Broughan was emailed by Mr Eoin Kellett, Managing Director of Mondelez Ireland, with the disappointing news but was asked to contact the Mondelez operation in the UK for further details.