70 em­ploy­ees left job­less as spa des­ti­na­tion closes


Bray People - - Bray People - Paula BURNS

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.

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