Saturday 24 March 2018

SVP trying to bully charity's staff out of  jobs, says union

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Anne-Marie Walsh

The Society of St Vincent de Paul faces claims that its managers are using "bullying tactics" to force workers from their jobs.

Siptu said staff have balloted for industrial action after the charity's regional president wrote to workers about its restructuring plans for shops operated by the St Teresa's Conference section in Cork.

Sector organiser Eddie Mullins said the letters described their current roles as redundant, and their "employment will therefore cease by virtue of redundancy".

He said that the charity wants to reduce the number of managers at shops where there were two working part-time, which the union accepted. But he said it was planning to give the new managers extra hours while reducing everyone else's.

He said staff were asked to reapply for their jobs, which are paid positions, on the new terms and 22 jobs were advertised.

"The reality is that there is no need for redundancies. Indeed, it is clear that SVP intends hiring more workers as part of its restructuring plan. It is the Siptu position that the letters sent to workers amount to an attempt to bully them from their jobs," Mr Mullins said.

He said industrial action would take place if management tried to make staff compulsorily redundant.

But a spokesperson for the charity rejected the bullying claims and said it was "particularly surprised" as it will attend the Workplace Relations Commission this month.

It said it was reorganising the management of some of its Cork shops to "bring them in line" with its other shops. He said jobs would be created and staff had been consulted.

Irish Independent

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