IFA levy losses trigger crisis talks with staff
Redundancies feared as financial situation worsens
Published 30/08/2016 | 02:30
Redundancies could be on the cards at the IFA following a serious deterioration in the organisation's finances.
Staff were summoned for an emergency meeting yesterday to be briefed on the association's worsening financial situation ahead of a national executive meeting today.
Redundancies were not specifically mentioned by management at the meeting.
However, staff, who number close to 70, were said to be shocked at the revelations, despite it being widely known that revenues from membership and levies have been in freefall since the pay controversy that rocked the lobby group last November.
It was the first time the IFA has called such a meeting with staff. The meeting discussed the financial situation at the organisation. Management also revealed some salaries at higher levels will soon be publicly disclosed - but only within bands.
Emotions are also running high among IFA members since the organisation decided to reject ABP's sudden switch to an opt-in system for levies collected at all their plants.
The move by the IFA stops any chance for the farm group to maintain any of the €400,000 in levies the country's largest meat processor was collecting on their behalf.
An internal review of funding mechanisms, which was presented at the last national executive meeting, failed to come up with a better alternative to continue funding the IFA's activities.