Chocolate stops being produced in Melbourne for an entire day as hundreds of Cadbury workers go on strike to push for better conditions.
Hundreds of Cadbury workers in Melbourne will go on strike to urge the international candy giant to provide them with job security and better pay and conditions.
Nearly 360 workers from two locations in Melbourne will strike from Friday to early Saturday morning and will refuse to work overtime until Monday.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) said workers were forced to go on strike because the global confectionery giant had delayed converting them to permanent roles.
The union claims some workers had been in casual roles at Cadbury for up to 10 years and the company refused to make them permanent.
AMWU National Secretary Steve Murphy said the workers just wanted safety and security.
“Chocolate has been one of our core conveniences during lockdowns, but it doesn’t taste that sweet when workers are not treated fairly,” he said.
“Cadbury employees who have helped the company’s sales boom during a pandemic deserve secure jobs – jobs they can count on.
“Unsafe work makes life more difficult and divides our nation. Employees at Cadbury stand together so that every employee is treated with dignity and can feel safe at work. ”
Cadbury, a subsidiary of Mondelez International, has two factories in Melbourne, in Ringwood and Scoresby in the eastern suburbs.
The Ringwood venue has been home to Cherry Ripe bars, Picnic bars and Cadbury Easter products for more than 50 years, producing more than 450 million eggs and 15 million rabbits for chocolate lovers in Australia and New Zealand each Easter.
Mondelez International has been contacted for comment.