Thursday 27 October 2016

High-performing public servants to be paid bonuses under new Renua plan

Published 03/11/2015 | 16:25

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton

HIGH-performing public servants will be paid bonuses under a plan being proposed by Renua Ireland.

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The party today said managers in the public service will be able to "measure" the productivity as part of its proposals to reform the public service.

But under-performing public servants should also face sanctions up to and including dismissal in deemed appropriate, the party said.

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton said hard-working public servants have been "poorly led for too long" and that an overhaul is required.

Asked whether her proposal on performance effectively a return of a bonus culture, Ms Creighton replied" "You can call it whatever you want".

She added:

"We believe in merit, we believe in rewarding merit. I think everyone knows people who work in the public service and civil service who are demoralised, demotivated and irrespective of how hard they work and how well they perform, it's not recognised and there is no differentiation between them and the person who under-performs, serially under-performs."

But the Dublin Bay South TD is proposing a different system for politicians whereby their pay would be linked to key performance indicators.

Ms Creighton also said her policy would enshrine in legislation a "public right to know" principle which would ensure members have the public can access information without the need to submit a Freedom of Information request.

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