The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has refused to implement a Labour Court recommendation for an enhanced redundancy package for four employees. IMPACT trade union represented the workers at the Labour Court. IMPACT’s assistant general secretary Ashley Connolly said that a claim on behalf of the workers, and attempts to engage in a conciliation process at the Labour Relations Commission, had both been refused by the employer.
The workers had been employed as regional managers for the non-profit organisation, which receives approximately €11m in annual funding from the State through the Health Service Executive (HSE). The case had been referred to the Court by IMPACT under Section 20(1) of the Industrial Relations Act, 1969. The Alzheimer Society did not attend the hearing into the dispute.
Ms Connolly explained, “These workers were made compulsorily redundant on statutory redundancy terms, and were not offered any viable alternatives. We referred the matter to the Labour Court, which has now made a recommendation (LCR20827) to pay redundancy to these four staff members in line with the provisions of the enhanced redundancy payments for public servants under the Croke Park agreement. However, we subsequently received a letter from the Alzheimer’s Society last month stating that its position on the redundancy terms remains unchanged.”
Ms Connolly added, “The employer’s approach to this has been unreasonable and unfair. These workers have been let go after being forced to re-apply for positions within the organisation, despite being told that redeployment options would be made available. The terms recommended by the Court are not onerous, the Society’s statement of accounts indicate that the employer is in a position to meet the terms of the recommendation. The employer is simply refusing to do so.” Ms Connolly said that the union had made contact with the HSE in a bid to resolve the matter.