Blog: A bumpy road ahead for Cadbury's union reps
Dean Best | 26 November 2009
UK union officials representing Cadbury seemed overly upbeat about their meeting yesterday (25 November) with Kraft Foods, the Dairy Milk maker's US predator.
Ahead of the meeting, the union reps were keen to say that they would not accept being "fobbed off" with "bland assurances" over the prospects for Cadbury jobs should Kraft end up buying the business.
When Kraft first went public with its interest back in September, the Toblerone maker said it hoped to keep the UK confectioner's site in Somerdale open - a facility Cadbury is looking to close.
Unfortunately, it seems that union officials at Unite have yet to receive anything more than general comments from Kraft on the US food giant's intentions for Cadbury's UK operations.
And, more discussions with Cadbury suitors could be in the offing - if the growing speculation around Hershey is to be believed.
That could mean more meetings in London for Unite's officials - one of whom was heard complaining about the way motorcyclists zipped around the capital when just-food interviewed her as she was driving yesterday....
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