RSPCA proposals to make 300 staff redundant are ‘excessive’ and will be ‘challenged’, Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Thursday 18 June).  

Unite is demanding that the animal welfare charity enter into a comprehensive consultation to minimise any potential redundancies and ensure operational capacity.

Unite regional officer Terry Abbott said: “While the coronavirus and the subsequent economic disruption is undoubtably putting financial pressure on many charities, these proposals are excessive and will be challenged by Unite.

“This is distressing news for our members at the RSPCA and Unite will do its utmost to support them at this difficult time.

“Before any course of action is decided upon, the RSPCA must enter into a full consultation with Unite. 

“Any potential restructuring must be done in a way that keeps redundancies to an absolute minimum and ensures the charity’s operational capacity.”


During the coronavirus crisis Unite is working to keep workers and the public safe, to defend jobs and to protect incomes.

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.