Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (275)

Michelle Mulherin


275. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the criteria used by Civil Service management to decide whether a civil servant, under the Haddington Road agreement, can be allowed to remain on a 35 hour or less working week with appropriate pay cuts beyond 30 June 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24634/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Under the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement, it was agreed that Management would allow people to remain on their pre-Haddington Road hours with appropriate pay adjustments for a set period of time.  The Agreement provided that following this period the new work sharing provisions which are set out in the Haddington Road Agreement should apply. 

The revised worksharing arrangments in the Agreement stipulate that:

- the implementation and operation of worksharing arrangements is at the discretion of management;

- no work sharing patterns approved in the future should be less than 50% of full time working hours; and

- each individual's work-sharing arrangements will be formally reviewed on an annual basis (or earlier if required). 

In practice, this means that in the Civil Service where worksharing arrangements were agreed to facilitate the retention of pre-Haddington Road hours, managers will review those arrangements to determine if the worksharing patterns being requested by individual staff members, whether pre-Haddington Road or otherwise, meet the business needs of the organisation, having regard to the efficient and effective delivery of public services.