Published: 07/10/2021

Around 300 Cadbury Mondelēz workers in Ringwood, Melbourne, Australia will take 24-hour strike action on Friday, October 8 calling again for secure jobs, better pay and conditions. This industrial action follows a breakdown in negotiations and Mondelēz’ continued refusal to give precarious workers – some of whom have been employed at Mondelēz Australia for 10 years – permanent jobs.

  • Negotiations between Cadbury and the IUF-affiliated AMWU have broken down after workers voted overwhelmingly against the company’s collective bargaining agreement proposal. 81% said it wasn’t good enough
  • In mid-September, Cadbury Mondelēz workers/AMWU members across two sites in Melbourne took industrial action, including strike action and an overtime ban, calling for secure, permanent jobs and better terms and conditions of employment
  • Cadbury brought in temporary staff to replace striking workers, a move the AMWU says is hostile given these essential Cadbury workers have kept Australia stocked up with chocolate during the pandemic
  • IUF affiliates from the United States, Germany and Belgium have sent solidarity support messages to AMWU Mondelēz members fighting for a fair deal
“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... Workers at Cadbury are standing together so that every worker is treated with dignity and can feel secure at work.”
AMWU State Secretary (Victoria) Tony Mavromatis