TEN staff members at the Blarney Hotel and Golf Resort have reportedly been issued with temporary redundancy notices.
The employees all work in the leisure centre and spa and received the notices late last week.
A further 50 hotel and golf course workers are now concerned that they could be issued with temporary redundancy notices on January 31.
Employers at Blarney Hotel and Golf Resort have informed staff that, following discussions with Cork City Council, they are considering closing for February to secure a rate cut for vacant premises.
Solidarity TD Mick Barry said that premises that are classed as vacant pay rates to Cork City Council at a 50% discount.
“If a deal has been done between this employer and the city council, it sets a dangerous precedent. Are other hotels going to go down the temporary layoff route in quieter months, in order to start availing of rate cuts?” he asked
“I understand that a decision on whether to close for the month of February isn’t going to be communicated until January 31, but I don’t think loyal hotel workers will be impressed with temporary layoffs and I don’t think members of the resort will be impressed with a one-month closure, even with refunds,” he added.
Mr Barry labelled the treatment of the workers at the hotel as appalling and said it was an indication of how growing numbers of workers are in precarious and vulnerable positions in Leo Varadkar’s Ireland.
He said that guarantees are needed that the hotel and golf resort will stay open after the temporary lay-offs, as staff and customers are fearful that the hotel complex may face more than a temporary closure.
Earlier this month, there were fears surrounding the future of the hotel, after it unexpectedly closed its pool, gym, and spa.
Staff had been due to meet management ten days ago, but that was postponed, with staff uncertain since about their employment.
There are approximately 80 people working in the popular resort.