'We do not want to see the creation of new bonus culture'
Published 18/08/2014 | 02:30
THE country's largest public sector union has said it is against the reintroduction of bonuses for high-performing civil and public servants.
The proposal was revealed by former junior finance minister Brian Hayes last Christmas and is included in the Government's public service reform plan due to be rolled out over the next two years.
However, IMPACT trade union's deputy general secretary Kevin Callinan has said he would not like to see the creation of a new bonus culture.
"The experience of bonuses in the public sector hasn't been a good one. In fact, you could argue the experiences of bonuses generally in the economy has been part of the reason why we're where are at," he said.
"I think the bonus culture is something that we need to think long and hard about in this country," he added.
Mr Callinan said that he believed both private and public sector workers would "resist the concept of bonuses" being introduced.
"I don't think that's the priority. I don't think that's the focus of what pay restoration should be about."
Earlier this year, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said he was in favour of the reintroduction of payments to reward high performance.
But he said this could not happen until at least 2016 when the Haddington Road Agreement expires. Mr Howlin also said that underpeformance among staff would be addressed.
The minister said disciplinary procedures would be used in the civil service in the future.