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Cadbury staff to strike for a sweeter deal from owners Mondelez International

Choc horror! Cadbury staff reveal what it’s REALLY like working at the confectionary company and say it is like a ‘box of chocolates’ as hundreds prepare to strike for a sweeter deal

  • Cadbury’s owners Mondelez International under fire for working conditions
  • 360 staff across two sites in Melbourne plan to strike from Friday 
  • Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said casual staff were furious
  • Some have been on casual contracts for 10 years and want certainty 


Hundreds of Cadbury workers in Melbourne will walk out on strike demanding more secure jobs and sweeter pay and conditions from the international chocolate company.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said about 360 workers across two sites will strike from Friday until early Saturday over delays in converting them from casual to permanent roles.

Some workers have been in casual roles for 10 years and the chocolate giant, which is owned by Mondelez International, is refusing to make them permanent, the union said.

‘Chocolate has been one of our core comforts during lockdowns, but it doesn’t taste as sweet when workers aren’t being treated fairly,’ AMWU national secretary Steve Murphy said.

Cadbury workers across two factories in Melbourne will go on strike from Friday over better pay and condition with some employees complaining they were kept on casual contracts for more than 10 years

‘These workers just want certainty and security, but found that working for Cadbury is like a box of chocolates. They never know what they’re going to get.’

Some workers will refuse to work any overtime hours until Monday, as part of the industrial action.

Victorian AWU secretary Tony Mavromatis said workers are also striking to demand better pay, after keeping Australians stocked up with chocolate during the pandemic.

‘These workers aren’t asking for the whole block, they just want their piece,’ he said.

AAP has contacted Mondelez International for comment.

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