Staff at Cadbury factory to return to work this evening

The strike was called over outsourcing of roles at the Dublin plant

Staff at the Cadbury plant in Coolock are to return to work this evening, after the suspension of strike action at the factory.

The workers went on 'indefinite strike' on Thursday over the company's decision to out-source a number of jobs.

Proposals put forward at the Workplace Relations Commission were agreed last night.

It's understood the WRC plan involves cost-saving measures that do not require out-sourcing. 

In a statement, Unite and SIPTU unions said a joint negotiating committee will meet on Monday, and shop stewards will meet the following day to issue a recommendation. 

Members will then be able to consider the proposals and recommendation for around two weeks, ahead of a ballot.

Siptu Sector Organiser, John Dunne, yesterday said: “Following discussions today (Friday, 4th March), the Workplace Relations Commission has put forward proposals which achieve cost savings at the company but do not involve the outsourcing of jobs. On the basis that outsourcing is now off the table, Siptu and Unite members have decided to suspend their strike action.

“Siptu and UNITE will convene a joint shop stewards meeting and then proceed to ballot our members on these proposals.”

In an earlier statement, Unite said the company's move to outsource 17 roles at its Coolock site will see a "move away from good permanent jobs to precarious work".