Workers at one of Britain’s best loved companies, Cadbury, are facing an uncertain future after its 13 billion euro takeover by an American food giant was completed.
Kraft says the move will be good for British manufacturing jobs but those on the frontline of the confectionary firm are not convinced. Critics say Kraft is laden with debt and has a track record of shutting factories.
In London, Cadbury workers staged a protest, demanding that its 4,500 British jobs be protected.
“We are here today to demand cast-iron guarantees for the future for Cadbury workers here in Britain,” said Jack Dromey, Deputy General Secretary of Unite. “We also want the government to act as the guarantor of those guarantees on behalf of the British people who value their Cadburys.”
With a history dating back nearly 200 years, Cadbury has lost its independence. Its workers now want to secure the government’s determination and capture the public imagination to ensure they don’t lose their jobs.