Date Released: 07 August 2014
SIPTU has requested an urgent meeting with the senior management of The Society of St Vincent de Paul to discuss threatened job losses resulting from its decision to close the organisation's Area Office in Drogheda, Co. Louth.
SIPTU Organiser, Karen Smollen, said: “The workers were advised in November last year that the Society was undergoing a restructuring process which could see the Area Office close. Following this management held a number of meetings with staff to advise them that no decision had been reached on the future of the Drogheda Area Office.
“Last week, staff received letters informing them that their positions were at risk and requesting that they attend individual meetings on Wednesday, 30th July. At these meetings workers were again informed that their positions were at risk but no additional information was provided”.
She added: “On Tuesday (5th August) our members received a letter informing them that they are to lose their positions with the Society. They were informed in these letters that their period of notice had commenced the previous Friday (1st August).
“SIPTU is requesting an urgent meeting with senior management at the Society to discuss the workers’ concerns about the proposed redundancies and the terms offered. In its approach the management of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has shown no respect to staff who have served it with dedication for years”.