Strike gets under way at Childminding Ireland office
Staff members at Kilcoole-based Childminding Ireland began indefinite strike action yesterday (Tuesday) morning, with a picket outside the office.
The employees are striking because of compulsory redundancy notices issued by the company.
Of the seven employees at the office of the organisation, five are members of the union Impact.
Impact says that the dispute will continue until management withdraws notices served to its members, and enters meaningful talks over proposed restructuring plans.
The union said that redundancies are unnecessary in the organisation, which is not experiencing financial difficulties and has produced no business case to justify job losses. IMPACT has accused the State-funded body of refusing to engage seriously in a conciliation organised by the Workplace Relations Commission ( WRC), prompting five of the six staff at the organisation to back industrial action.
Childminding Ireland provides representation and advice to childcare providers.
The body said in a statement that they are undergoing internal restructuring to provide for the future sustainability of the organisation.
There are less posts in the new structure than in the current organisation so that will mean some job losses.
The IMPACT Strike at Childminding Ireland in Kilcoole yesterday (Tuesday).