About 1,000 workers working for iconic chocolate maker Cadbury have accepted a three year pay deal, which Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said was ‘a good package in uncertain times’. 

The employees at the Cadbury sites, which include Chirk, near Wrexham;  Birmingham; and Marlbrook in Herefordshire, have accepted the three year deal which will run from March this year until  March 2022.

Year one, starting in March 2019, will see a 2.7 per cent increase and the retail price index rate for years two and three.

Unite national officer for the food industry Joe Clarke said: “We are pleased that by a large majority – 75 per cent – our members, who are covered by the national agreement, have accepted this three year pay deal.

“We believe that this is a good inflation-proofed pay package given the uncertain times we are going through and the economic challenges posed by Brexit.

“This package will provide a level of financial security for our 1,000 members for the next three years and I would like to pay tribute to our reps who greatly assisted in the negotiations.” 

Cadbury, formerly Cadbury's, is a multinational confectionery company wholly owned by Mondelez International (originally Kraft Foods) since 2010. Its best known products include Dairy Milk and the Roses collection.