Mondelez Ireland to cut more than 220 jobs
SIPTU trade union describes scale of announcement as ‘complete shock’ in move which will cease production of Time Out and Pink Snack bars
26 February 2015
More than 220 jobs will be let go at Mondelez Ireland, the owner of chocolate-manufacturer Cadbury and chewing gum brand Trident.
A total of 160 jobs will go at the company’s chocolate manufacturing plants in Dublin and Co. Kerry. Most of these job losses are expected to occur at the company’s operations in Coolock, Dublin, with the rest coming from its plant in Rathmore, Co. Kerry.
The group’s chewing gum production plant in Tallaght, Dublin, is set to close in a move which will result in 45 job losses, while a further 17 contracted roles will likewise be affected.
Mondelez Ireland said its Coolock facility will now concentrate on four key Cadbury brands, namely Cadbury Dairy Milk 8-square, Flake, Twirl and Boost, for consumption in Ireland and the export market. What’s more, €11.7m will be invested to improve the plant’s technology.
Production of Cadbury’s Time Out and Pink Snack brands will also stop by the end of the year, due to reduced demand for these brands, according to the company.
The company is now set to start a consultation process on its proposals with employees and their representative.
A SIPTU trade union representative described the scale of the news as “a complete shock” and called for an immediate meeting with management to discuss the proposals.
The union also claimed Mondelez is planning to move part of its chocolate production to Poland in the near future.
Phil Hodges, SVP Integrated Supply Chain for Mondelēz International said that the company’s “chocolate production costs in Ireland are currently more than twice that of Mondelez factories in other locations” and that the “gum ingredient factory in Tallaght faces too many production cost challenges to be sustainable”.