Amnesty International UK delays job cuts

Proposals to restructure the human rights organisation will be discussed again at its AGM in April

Trustees at Amnesty International UK have decided to delay proposals for redundancies until after the organisation’s annual general meeting in April.

The AIUK board met at the weekend to discuss proposals to restructure the organisation by increasing its financial contribution to AI’s global headquarters, which would be likely to result in redundancies.

The proposals have resulted in strike action from members of the union Unite at AIUK.

They will now be discussed again at AIUK’s AGM on 13 and 14 April.

"The board accepted that members should be consulted on change of this scale and is currently considering what resolutions it should bring to the AGM to enable this to happen," an AIUK spokesman said.

AIUK members called for an extraordinary general meeting in January, where Unite union members from the organisation voted against the management’s plans on several resolutions, including on "any material reorganisation" of AIUK.

But other resolutions that might have prevented redundancies were not passed at the EGM.

"The board has already opened a dialogue with the proposers of a recent EGM to seek their input into the way the debate at the AGM is informed and developed," the AIUK spokesman said today.

AIUK said management was keen to talk to opponents of the proposals ahead of the AGM.

Unite gave a cautious response to the development. "We would like to see what the board has said in writing before commenting further on this issue," a spokesman said.

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