http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1029/pay.htmlLower paid civil servants have said they will resist the removal of bank time - allocated to allow them to cash their pay cheque - despite the fact that most are now paid by electronic transfer.
The Department of Finance wants to scrap the entitlement by next month as part of the Croke Park Agreement.
In the 1970s, the Government wanted its employees to move from cash to payment by cheque - partly to avoid robberies by subversives.
They agreed to allow each civil servant 30 minutes 'bank time' per week or fortnight - depending on how they were paid - to go to the bank to cash their cheque.
The entitlement was discontinued for new entrants from 2003 - but still exists for pre-2003 employees.
in one of the few - and first - firm targets for Croke Park implementation, the department wants this eliminated by next month.
According to horan, it would hit lower paid workers disproportionately!!!!
http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1029/pay1.htmlThe Civil Public and Services Union, which represents lower paid civil servants, has claimed that top grades in the civil service have refused to give up privilege days as part of the implementation of the Croke Park agreement.
So, one group within the civil service won't give up 30 minute 'bank time' and another group won't give up their 'privilage' days!!!
I think it is time, these guys grew up......just a tad.
He also gives very interesting figures with regard to the increase in higher management grades in the civil service.
http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1029/pay1.htmlBetween 1998 and 2009 there was a 60% increase in the number of Assistant Secretaries General.
There was a 462% increase in the number of Higher Principal Officers, with a 43% increase in the number of Principal Officers.
The number of Higher Assistant Principals soared by 339%, the number of Assistant Principals rose by 61%, and the number of Higher Executive officers by 72%.
Executive officers rose by just over 100%.
However, at the lower end of the pay scales, staff officer numbers were up by just 22%, and the ranks of clerical officers only increased by 14%.
Addressing this massive rise in the higher management grades, is NOT part of the cpa.
This doesn't look good for the cpa.Mr Horan said that there is also no proposal in the Croke Park action plan for the civil service to address what he called the extraordinary growth of management grades in the civil service over the last decade.