Dunedin Cadbury workers' final day

  • 22/12/2017

It's a sad start to the festive season for 85 Cadbury workers who are ending their time at the Dunedin factory ahead of its closure in the new year.

Owner Mondelez International announced in February it planned to close the factory next March, after 150 years of manufacturing at the site.

The permanent, full-time confectionary workers end their employment with the company on Friday, with many workers anxious about their future, says E tu delegate and sub-branch vice president, Teresa Gooch.

The loss of their jobs ends many years of collective contribution to an iconic Dunedin institution and there will be tears and sadness, as people realise it's over, she said.

This comes after the first batch of job losses saw 160 seasonal workers leave the business on December 15.

The union is concerned over the demise of many good quality jobs, especially in provincial centres like Dunedin, says E tu industry coordinator food, Phil Knight.

"These have been good, permanent, full-time jobs and those aren't always easy to find. We know some people are leaving Dunedin to get into jobs so it's very disruptive," he said.

Confectioner Teresa Gooch hopes her co-workers are looking at the positives.

"We recently had a job fair where there were many employers quite happy to take the Cadbury workers on… it's not as doom-and-gloom as people think."

She says her colleagues will reminisce on the workplace, despite their sadness.

"It's an unreal feeling really, knowing you won't be back next year."

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