Strike gets un­der way at Child­mind­ing Ire­land of­fice

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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).

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