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Saturday 23 March 2019

Workers at donkey sanctuary begin strike as they're hit with 16 redundancies

The union representing staff at a donkey sanctuary in Cork have balloted to take part in strike action from today.

Some staff at The Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll, Co Cork have been locked in a dispute with management over the company’s decision to make 16 welfare staff redundant.

The redundancies are part of an ongoing review and restructuring of the Charity’s welfare operations in the UK, Ireland and continental Europe, with effect from June 2014.

SIPTU organiser Eddie Mullins said he believes the redundancies are avoidable, and that the charity has not been open in its negotiations with workers.

“The work stoppages will be starting at 12 today, for two hours, and that’ll be rolling over a number of days.”

“The minutes of a staff forum are confidential, so people who attend the meeting can’t report on what happened. People don’t know what went on. There’s no transparency.”

He added: “The redundancies are avoidable. If 16 people around the country are doing a job, how can it be done by four?”

The charity claims it has acted “in good faith” and consulted on every stage of the process with the welfare team.

A statement from the sanctuary said: “Unfortunately, a number of redundancies were unavoidable in the welfare team as a result of this restructuring although The Donkey Sanctuary has encouraged staff to consider alternative vacancies within the charity.”

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