Workers at Cadbury have demanded assurances that jobs will not be lost as a result of the confectioner’s takeover by Kraft Foods, which will be formalised today.

Shareholders in the Dairy Milk maker will today vote to formally accept Kraft’s improved bid for the company, worth around £11.5bn.

Union representatives joined workers in calling on the government to demand that Kraft clarify its long-term plans for UK production, with thousands of jobs potentially at risk in the Midlands area alone.

Unite general secretary Jack Dromey pointed to the jobs lost when Kraft took over Terry’s of York in 1993.

“Kraft cared little for the great history of that plant or for the skills of its workforce so we must seize the opportunity now to ensure that Cadbury and its workforce do not suffer the same fate,” Dromey said.

“The government must secure meaningful pledges from Kraft and police them so Kraft cannot again walk away from a UK workforce. Ministers must make it abundantly clear that closures and mass redundancies will not be accepted.”

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