SIPTU MEMBERS in the Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge have voted in favour of industrial action in response to an attempt by the management of the facility to unilaterally implement job losses.
SIPTU Community Sector Organiser, Eddie Mullins, said: “Members voted to take industrial action in a ballot last Tuesday (July 17). The decision to take industrial action is regrettable but workers felt they were left with no option, following the management’s decision to make all the facility’s shift attendants redundant without any discussion with their union representatives.”
He added: “The actions of the management of the facility are completely unacceptable. The management decided not to negotiate and instead unilaterally implement compulsory redundancies beginning on Monday, 23rd July, with five shift attendants losing their jobs. This move even contradicts the advice of an independent consultant, hired by management, who advised that there should be consultations with the workers’ union before any job losses were implemented.”
SIPTU has committed to negotiations on cost reducing measures at the facility but the management of the Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge has refused to engage with the union or Labour Relations Commission on this issue.