Cadbury confirms closure plan

Chocolate giant Cadbury has been attacked by trade union leaders after proceeding with plans to close a factory in Bristol with the loss of 500 jobs.

The firm is to go ahead with closing its Somerdale site at Keynsham, near Bristol and transfer production to Poland under restructuring plans.

Unite, which has launched a campaign to try to reverse the decision, accused Cadbury of ignoring business logic, common sense and the environment.

Senior managers ended a 90-day consultation by saying the closure is necessary to protect the balance of UK manufacturing.

Unite national officer Brian Revell said: "Cadbury managers have failed to address the real business and environmental arguments we put forward and, what is worse, if the rest of the country followed their perverse and ill-informed logic, Britain would be an industrial desert.̶1;

A company spokesman said: "Cadbury can confirm that it has considered the union's alternative proposal for Somerdale but has told them that unfortunately it would not sufficiently reduce costs to a level at which we were able to compete effectively with other UK confectionery manufacturers.̶1;

The spokesman said Cadbury would invest "significant resources" to help workers find new jobs.

Image: Cadbury confirms closure of one of its factories

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