About 45 manufacturing team leader roles face the axe at Cadbury – days after unions successfully saved 170 workers from redundancy.

Dozens of the first-line management posts are being cut following a consultation period of only six weeks, it has been revealed.

Details of the Bournville cutbacks emerged just a week after the end of 19 months of negotiations between Unite and Cadbury which saved 170 full-time manufacturing jobs from an original target of 200 job losses. Several team leader positions have been lost over the past few months through natural wastage, according to employees. Team leaders currently on secondment to other posts would also not be asked to return to their core roles, a worker claimed.

He said: “It seems both the company and the union forgot to mention that, after a comparatively brief consultation period of six weeks, the company signed off a proposal to remove the role.”

The terms of the £11.7 billion takeover of Cadbury by Kraft completed in February 2010 ensured a two-year truce on manufacturing job losses, which has since expired.

A Cadbury spokeswoman said: “We have consulted on 45 management level team leader roles in our Bournville factory. Now the consultation has concluded, we are working with those employees affected to help them identify other suitable roles in the factory or through the voluntary redundancy process. The roles affected by this consultation were part of previously announced plans and we will continue to work closely with our employees through this process.”