Cadbury owner Mondelēz International has said that it will update facilities at its Bournville factory to the tune of £75m but that 200 jobs will go as a result.
Mondelēz say the deal is dependent on successful completion to negotiations with unions but news of the investment was welcomed by union officials.
Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy told The Guardian: “This investment is good news and the union has been working with Cadbury to get the best deal possible for workers during this restructuring. It is yet another example of success when unions and employers work together in the manufacturing industry.”
Unite regional officer Joe Clarke told the Birmingham Post: “This is all positive – it is all about the long-term future of the site. We have had a difficult few years with a few fallouts but from our perspective, this is all good news.”
In October Mondelēz International had written to all employees at Bournville asking them to consider: ‘High Performing Bournville: is this for me?’
It was feared the document was a precursor to event larger cuts as it made the case for increased efficiencies. It stated: “Every single colleague will be expected to display the right behaviours and attitudes to be part of High Performing Bournville. We have been clear there will be fewer colleagues here at the end of our journey.”
The Bournville factory employs almost a 1000 people and produces 1.2 million Creme Eggs and 5.5 million bars of chocolate among other products.