Hard to make ends meet for low paid in 'cushy' civil service
Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30
It is seen as the ultimate 'cushy' number. But the reality for clerical officer Marie Fuller is that it is a daily struggle to make ends meet.
Marie, who works at Bandon Garda Station, said after mortgage repayments, childcare costs and running a car, there's little left.
Clerical officers start off on a pay scale of €20,000, rising to a maximum of €35,000.
The two-and-a-half hours extra she's obliged to work per week as part of the Haddington Road Agreement has increased the cost of childcare.
"All these cuts are crucifying. I would probably be better off if I gave up work completely," she said.
The Civil Public and Services Union, which represents about 13,000 lower paid administrative workers, is demanding full restoration of pay and a roll-back on the Haddington Road hours.