Sligo County Council expected to announce more job losses

Council payroll function to be moved to Portlaoise.

Sligo News File Online.

Sligo County Council is believed to be planning for yet another reduction in the authority’s staffing levels.

SCC OfficesAs many as 20 workers could be affected, according to sources. If confirmed, it would mean that more than 200 staff will have either left or been redeployed to other statutory bodies or duties in the last few years.

On top of this, the debt-ridden authority has recently announced that it is winding up its entire payroll function and transferring the facility to the centralised Shared Services Centre in Portlaoise.

The move is scheduled to take effect from 22 April 2016.

As far as is known, councillors have not been informed of the transfer.

Richie Carrothers of the Impact Trade Union, which represents local government workers, said today that there would be no “compulsory” redundancies in the existing county council workforce. He was not aware, he said, of staff proposing to leave the authority

The Impact Union members’ 2015 e-bulletin said a financial plan developed by the council that year “included plans for staff redeployment, to suppress posts, abolish acting positions, as well as proposals for the closure and reduction of some services.”

It also stated at the time, “trade unions representing staff have been excluded from the workforce plan discussions entirely.”

ElancoJob losses in the Sligo area have spiralled with, among other worrying trends, the recently announced closure of the locally long established Elanco global animal health company in Finisklin and the lay-off of more than 100 workers at the plant. Some 30 jobs were also impacted with the transfer of the Aurivo, formerly Connacht Gold, milk processing plant from Barnasraghy to Killygordon, Donegal.

In Tubbercurry, the government has closed two State offices and Tubbercurry Government Officesrelocated the staff to Mayo and other areas. Aurivo has moved its headquarters from the town to Sligo and announced it also plans to close its 24- job butter packing plant at Achonry and transfer the operation to Mitchelstown in Cork.

In all, the south Sligo town has already lost over 200 jobs. According to a local councillor, “not a single new job has been created in Tubbercurry in the last 5 years.”