Council workers to lose 'bank time' hour
AROUND 4,000 workers at Dublin City Council will now have to work one hour more each week after losing their 'banking hour'.
This follows the Labour Court recommending, in a binding decision, the abolition of the 'banking hour', stating that there is no longer any justification for the practice.
Mark Fielding, chief executive of small firms body ISME, said yesterday that in the age of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), ATMs, smart cards and payments by phone and credit cards, workers having a 'banking hour' off work "beggars belief and is ridiculous".
The abolition of the hour was opposed by the Siptu and IMPACT unions and the dispute was the subject of a conciliation conference at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC). However, when the issue couldn't be resolved, the dispute went before the Labour Court.
According to the Labour Court report on the issue, Siptu and IMPACT stated that the 'bank hour' time off was introduced at a time when salary payments were to be made by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) instead of by traditional methods of payment and has now become an established condition of employment.