Wednesday 18 October 2017

Council workers lose 'rain' payment

ISME's Mark Fielding
ISME's Mark Fielding

Gordon Deegan

A number of local authority workers are set to lose out on their 'rain' allowance they have been receiving for lifting bins in wet weather.

This follows the Labour Court recommending the end of the payment to the caretakers at Dublin City Council's Traveller Accommodation Section.

The workers have been receiving the payment for lifting bins in inclement weather to a collection point at the edge of the accommodation sites.

Mark Fielding, chief executive of ISME, last night said the rain allowance is just another example of the madness in the public sector when it comes to perks and allowances.

"The list of hundreds of these reads like a script for a Monty Python sketch, except that it would be binned because it's too surreal," he said.

Mr Fielding said the only allowance missing for the list of allowances being paid "is the dead parrot allowance".

He remarked: "The Irish Public sector will never become a world-class service for as long as these anomalies remain."

Dublin City Council has tabled proposals for the elimination of the 'rain' payment.

Siptu and Impact trade unions opposed the move and - following the sides not being able to resolve the dispute at local level and at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) - the matter was referred to the Labour Court.

The Labour Court recommended proposals put forward by the council should be accepted. These include the creation of a new allowance that would not result in any financial loss for the workers concerned.

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