Union Chief Defends Bulk Payments

Plans for public servants to receive lump sum compensation for loss of earnings if work practices change are being defended by the Public Service Executive Union.

The move could see the government face mounting cost for changes brought in under the terms of the Croke Park Agreement.

The arrangement followed a Labour Court ruling which saw a number of HSE staff awarded lump sum payments equal to one and a half times the amount of wages they lost when their overtime rates changed.

General Secretary of the Public Service Executive Union Tom Geraghty said: "The real story here is the massive success the Croke Park Agreement has been. €2.3bn has been saved in the cost of providing public services since 2009 (and) 18,000 people left the public service, yet public services are continuing to be delivered."


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