Child­mind­ing Ire­land staff seek­ing sup­port from the county’s TDs

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STAFF at Child­mind­ing Ire­land, who have been on strike for over a week, have writ­ten to Wick­low’s five TDs to seek their sup­port in their dis­pute over com­pul­sory re­dun­dan­cies.

Their union IM­PACT con­tacted John Brady (Sinn Féin), Pay Casey (Fianna Fáil), Stephen Don­nelly (So­cial Democrats), and min­is­ters An­drew Doyle and Si­mon Har­ris of Fine Gael yes­ter­day (Tues­day) seek­ing their sup­port.

The strike, at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s of­fice in the Bull­ford busi­ness cam­pus in Kil­coole, be­gan on Tues­day, June 7, and is set to con­tinue un­til man­age­ment at the or­gan­i­sa­tion with­draws the com­pul­sory re­dun­dancy no­tices and en­ters mean­ing­ful talks over pro­posed re­struc­tur­ing plans.

IM­PACT of­fi­cial Stella Grif­fin told the five lo­cal TDs that the pro­posed re­dun­dan­cies were un­nec­es­sary and urged them to try to get man­age­ment at the state-funded agency to ne­go­ti­ate a so­lu­tion to the dis­pute.

Ms Grif­fin wrote: ‘Child­mind­ing Ire­land has re­fused to en­gage se­ri­ously in a con­cil­i­a­tion or­gan­ised by the Work­place Re­la­tions Com­mis- sion ( WRC), al­though it has mis­lead­ingly told jour­nal­ists that it has con­ducted a four­month con­sul­ta­tion.

‘In fact, no mean­ing­ful con­sul­ta­tion has taken place.’

Child­mind­ing Ire­land is a state-funded body, which is not ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

IM­PACT says man­age­ment has failed to pro­duce a busi­ness case to jus­tify job losses.

‘We be­lieve that Child­mind­ing Ire­land is il­le­gally threat­en­ing re­dun­dan­cies to force ad­min­is­tra­tive and spe­cial­ist staff out of their jobs be­fore re­plac­ing them with oth­ers. Child­mind­ing Ire­land has had plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plain why it thinks re­struc­tur­ing and re­dun­dan­cies are nec­es­sary, and it has con­sis­tently failed to do so,’ said Ms Grif­fin.

IM­PACT as­sured the five Wick­low deputies that it is avail­able to re­solve the is­sue through ne­go­ti­a­tions in the Work­place Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion.

‘ This is very wor­ry­ing time for the peo­ple con­cerned. I am, there­fore, seek­ing your sup­port for th­ese con­stituents,’ wrote Ms Grif­fin.

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