Global recruitment website, Indeed, has increased its redundancy packages for laid-off workers in response to a petition signed by over 600 staff members. In March, the company announced plans to cut 15% of its global workforce, roughly equating to 2,200 jobs. The company employs over 1,000 people in its two Dublin offices, and it is estimated that 200 Irish workers will face redundancies. The Financial Services Union, Ireland’s trade union for financial sector workers, published the petition, stating that staff were “particularly aggrieved” at the company’s behaviour during the statutory consultation period. The union expressed dissatisfaction at the redundancy package offered to laid-off staff.
Gareth Murphy, Head of the FSU’s Industrial Relations, said the large number of signatures on the petition, representing roughly half of Indeed’s total Irish workforce, reflected that staff were “very frustrated” with the lack of engagement from management during the consultation period, which is due to conclude this weekend. Despite enhancing its initial package, the FSU said Indeed’s offer still “does not meet the needs and expectations of staff.” Murphy added, “A massive gap exists between what Indeed as a company advises other employers to do and how they are currently treating their staff.” He also noted that a number of issues, including criteria for selection and redundancy terms, were still outstanding.
Labour leader Ivana Bacik called on Minister for Enterprise, Simon Coveney, to engage with Indeed during a speech in the Dáil this week. She asked him to “make strong representations to Indeed, to remind the company’s management of their statutory obligation to engage in good faith for the entire duration of the 30-day statutory consultation period.” Talks between Indeed and staff representatives continue today.
When contacted for comment, a spokesperson for Indeed told the Irish Examiner, “Indeed is following all legal requirements. We cannot comment further on the ongoing consultation process in Ireland.” According to the company’s most recent financial statement reported to the Companies Registration Office, Indeed’s Irish operation reported an operating profit of more than €270m in 2021.
The situation at Indeed highlights the ongoing struggle between workers and companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have been forced to make difficult decisions and lay off staff due to the economic impact of the pandemic. However, it is essential that companies treat their employees with respect and dignity during this difficult time. The petition signed by Indeed’s staff members demonstrates the importance of engagement and communication between management and employees during times of crisis. It is vital that companies listen to their workers and take their concerns seriously. The situation at Indeed serves as a reminder that companies have a responsibility to their employees, and that responsibility should not be taken lightly.