E tū says the announcement that Cadbury World is closing is a sudden and unexpected end to Cadbury’s presence in Dunedin.
E tū understands Mondelez made the decision to close the popular tourist attraction because the land was needed for Dunedin’s new hospital.
Workers learned of the decision earlier this month, with Mondelez closing Cadbury World this week while it consulted workers over whether to keep trading, or to shut immediately.
“The workers were told they’d be paid whether the place reopened or not, and so they voted unanimously for closure, so they can get on with their lives and find new jobs,” says Phil Knight, E tū’s Industry Coordinator, Food.
“It was a no brainer in the end,” he says.
“They all agreed – let’s just pull the pin. So, it won’t be re-opening and the workers have all received notice this week that their jobs are gone.”
The workers have received six weeks’ notice in addition to any redundancy compensation that might be owed.
“It’s been a quick and unexpected end and a sad end,” says Phil.
“Everyone was led to believe the business would be maintained but it turned out that wasn’t the case so it’s a disappointment.
“People will get what they’re entitled to including redundancy and notice, but it’s not a job,” he says.