MORE THAN HALF of the staff working at Killarney Golf Club are to be made redundant under the terms of an agreement reached with the trade union representing workers, SIPTU.
The union confirmed today that workers at the Kerry club had agreed to accept a restructuring plan for the business that will see 21 of the 40 jobs there lost with workers who leave the club receiving redundancy payments of four weeks per year of service.
The agreement averts strike action which was scheduled to get under way next Tuesday and avoids the 24 job losses that had been planned by management at the golf club.
SIPTU organiser Denis Hynes said the deal was good for workers at the club: “For workers who have decided to accept redundancy the new restructuring plan provides for greatly improved payments than were initially offered by management.
“Proposed wage cuts and changes to working conditions for those workers remaining with the company have also been greatly reduced.”
Hynes described the negotiation process as “difficult” but said it was workers’ belief that the outcome was good for them and for the local economy which is “heavily reliant on the maintenance of a high quality tourist industry”.