Cadbury workers tentative after takeover

Posted by Janice Wong on 3rd February 2010

Cadbury’s Australian employees are cautious after the takeover by US manufacturing giant, Kraft, although there are high hopes that job cuts will not eventuate.

Last night, the confectioner’s shareholders voted in favour of the A$21 billion takeover, which has caused fear amongst workers in Cadbury factories worldwide.

The Manufacturing Workers Union awaits news from Kraft, with the manufacturer set to contact employees at the two sites at Claremont in southern Tasmania and Ringwood in Victoria later today.

However, Anne Urquhart from MWU seems positive for the workers at Claremont, who she believes should not be affected.

“They have invested significantly in the changes that they have introduced at Claremont, not only in infrastructure but the way that they actually do the chocolate-making,” Urquhart said, according to the ABC.

“So we would hope that that would be looked at positively by Kraft but of course it’s early days yet.”

Cadbury this week confirmed the closure of the Ringwood warehouse facility in July – which will result in a loss of 60 jobs, although this was independent of the Kraft takeover.