Welfare staff working for The Donkey Sanctuary will commence a series of two-hour strike actions on Monday (19th May). SIPTU members will picket the registered charity’s headquarters in Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork, during the actions which are set to begin on the 19th and continue every second day until Friday, 30th May.Due to the industrial action a Carriage Driving and Family Open Day scheduled to take place in Liscarroll on Sunday, 25th May, has been cancelled.SIPTU Organiser, Eddie Mullins, said: “The union has tried unsuccessfully to engage the company in discussions as to the reasoning behind the decision to make the 16 welfare staff redundant. This organisation is in receipt of substantial funding from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and it is unacceptable that it is then unwilling to utilise the industrial relations mechanisms of the State."He added: “We believe that the company is in no financial difficulty and is simply attempting to replace qualified animal welfare staff with voluntary workers.“The workers were left with no option but to take strike action and will escalate the dispute if it is required.”