THE Labour Court has ruled out the re-introduction of time off for cashing cheques for some council workers.
Workers at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council had, for many years, taken an hour off on a Friday afternoon to cash their cheques – even after the introduction of electronic cash transfer and ATMs.
As part of the Public Service Agreement 2010-14, this time was withdrawn last year.
In a report, the unions told the Labour Court: "There was never a 60-minute allowance for the cashing of cheques and management should engage in discussions regarding a buy-out of the 30 minute productivity element."
But the court ruled: "In circumstances where cheques are no longer the method of payment, time to cash cheques is not relevant."