Cadbury's workers secure 17.5% pay rise plus 25% boost in holiday pay

Cadbury’s workers secure 17.5 per cent pay rise plus 25 per cent boost in holiday pay in new two-year deal

  • Members of Unite at various Cadbury sites recorded 80% vote in favour of deal  
  • Over two years the deal is worth up to 17.5 per cent of a pay rise to the workers  
  • Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said deal was delivered by ‘dedication’ 

Cadbury’s workers have secured a 17.5 per cent pay rise alongside a 25 per cent boost in holiday pay in a new two-year deal.  

Members of the union Unite at Cadbury’s sites in Bournville, Birmingham, Chirk, Wales and Marlebrook in Hereford recorded an 80 per cent vote in favour of the deal. 

Over two years, and including bonuses, the deal is worth up to 17.5 per cent of a pay rise to workers.  

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: ‘Where employers can clearly afford to raise pay, we are determined to ensure that they do. Yet again Unite’s focus on improving jobs, pay and conditions is getting results for our members.

Members of the union Unite at Cadbury’s sites in Bournville, Birmingham, Chirk, Wales and Marlebrook in Hereford recorded an 80 per cent vote in favour of the deal

‘This deal was delivered by the hard work and dedication of Unite’s representatives at Cadbury and the support of Unite members.’

The win will no doubt come as a large victory for Ms Graham, who has worked with Unite for 20 years.

After 20 years in Unite – firstly in the Transport and General Workers’ Union before the merger to create Unite – Ms Graham became executive officer who heads up its organising, or ‘leverage’, department.

It has been described as the industrial action wing of Unite, and has been credited with 15 major victories using strategies and tactics that go well beyond the traditional approach of strike action.

In last year’s ‘fire and rehire’ dispute with British Airways, Ms Graham said she won concessions by using MPs to support motions against the airline’s tactics and then going face to face with the executives of IAG – the parent owners of BA now – in their Europe HQ, to tell them they were about to lose landing slots at Heathrow.

Over two years, and including bonuses, the deal is worth up to 17.5 per cent of a pay rise to workers

Ms Graham is now leading a campaign against Amazon for union recognition after setting up a hotline for its workers.

She said: ‘These workers need a union to defend their rights.’

Other campaigns she has led have covered illegal closures, victimisation of union leaders, and the preservation of national wage bargaining.

Unite national officer for food and drink, Joe Clarke, said: ‘Unite negotiated this deal over three months with Cadbury and it sets the standard for the rest of the food manufacturing sector, which is performing very strongly.

‘Unite will be negotiating with other food manufacturing companies in the coming months and we will be bargaining for our members in those workplaces to also receive rises that take into consideration the rising cost of living and high profits of their employers.’

Cadbury’s has been contacted for comment.  

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