EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

Company/Organisation:
RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s): Manchester, Leicester, Basingstoke, Maidstone, London

Company

Sector: Health / social work
Residential care and social work activities
88 - Social work activities without accommodation

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 21-07-2003
Planned Job Reductions min: 200
Planned Job Reductions max: 350
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Foreseen End Date: 01-12-2003

Additional Information

The RSPCA plans to shut 5 of its regional headquarters and 10 call centres, making 350 people redundant. The 5 regional centres to be closed are Manchester, Leicester, Basingstoke, Maidstone and London. The call centre activities are to be outsourced to a private company. The charity has experienced severe financial losses over the past few years; stockmarket falls have wiped off investments, donations have dropped. The restructuring plan should reduce administration costs by £7.6 million over the next 3 years. Unions have long threatened to go on strike. After a 3 month negotiation, a agreement has been reached. Significantly enhanced redundancy payments for the staff have been awarded. The new private company handling the call centre will give priority to applicants coming from the closing existing call centres. The deal also means gains for the workforce on pensions.