Amnesty International revises down its redundancy expectations

Earlier this year the organisation predicted as many as 146 roles might disappear, but now it says 20 at most will go

Amnesty International has massively reduced the number of redundancies once expected at the organisation as part of a cost-cutting exercise, with a maximum of 20 roles now at risk.

The original consultation paper published by the organisation on 4 June 2019 indicated that as many as 146 roles might disappear, including 95 redundancies.

The organisation had faced a £17m shortfall in its budget to the end of 2020.

But in a statement released today, Amnesty International said it had managed to reduce the potential redundancy figure to no more than 20.

The statement said Amnesty was confident this number could be reduced further through redeployment opportunities.

The trade union Unite had threatened Amnesty with industrial action if the number of redundancies was not reduced.

The news comes after a difficult year for Amnesty in which it was heavily criticised for its "toxic" workplace culture in an independent report published after the suicides of two members of staff.

Five members of its seven-strong leadership team are also being made redundant by the charity and will leave the organisation in October.

Amnesty International’s statement about the proposed redundancies said: "We are very grateful to everyone who has engaged constructively with the consultation and enabled us to reduce the number of redundancies.

"Nonetheless, this provides little solace to those at risk of losing their jobs. We deeply regret that these redundancies have been made necessary due to harsh financial realities and the need to put the secretariat onto a more stable footing for the future.

"This is a painful and difficult decision, and we will do everything in our power to support impacted staff."

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