70 employees left jobless as spa destination closes
POWERSCOURT SPRINGS SIT-IN AVOIDED AS WORKERS AGREE ON REDUNDANCY
POWERSCOURT Springs, one of the country’s best known spas, has closed its doors, leaving up to 70 people out of work.
In August, owners Paul and Fiona Hanby and Patricia and Gerald Kinsella, announced the sale of the spa development, although the name of the new owner and future plans for the site have yet to be revealed.
Unhappy with planned redundancy packages, some of the workers had threatened a sit- in, however, this was narrowly averted when an 11th- hour agreement on redundancy packages was formulated.
With the threat of the sit- in in the background, the directors of the company came back to the table with an extra two week’s pay per year of service for staff.
Powerscourt Springs is owned by Paul and Fiona Hanby and Patricia and Gerald Kinsella. Employees had been left disappointed and angered when a standard redundancy package of just two week’s pay for every year was offered to them when news of the closure was revealed several weeks ago.
‘ The Government gives 60 per cent of this back to the company,’ said a negotiator on behalf of the workers ahead of the closure.
During initial negotiations, the owners of the company, who are believed to have made over € 3 million on the sale, told staff the company was struggling and there would be little or no money left over after commitments to the bank were fulfilled.
‘ We had taken it as far as we could so we were happy with the final deal that was made,’ said one now former employee of Powerscourt Springs. ‘ There are no hard feelings between staff and the company directors.’
Powerscourt Springs, one of the country’s best known spa destinations has closed its doors.