Tuesday 17 October 2017

The deal: What government says has happened

Retirements: By March 2012, 7,897 people had retired from the public service. Even with pension payouts for those leaving, the Government claims €3.3bn will be saved in the pay bill.

Health Sector

Two significant Extended Working Day agreements involving medical lab technicians and radiographers have been achieved.

Agreements have also been reached in the HSE-funded voluntary sector at local level, giving rise to savings and changes in work practices.

Prisons Sector

Wheatfield Prison unit opened with a reduced staff, saving €1.5m a year.

Education Sector

Reduction of 6,000 posts in schools, saving €36m annually.

New redeployment for second-level teachers resulted in the elimination of a surplus of some 200 teachers (full year saving of €10m).

Redeployment has occurred at primary level with an estimated full year saving of €50m.

Local Government

971 retirements up to the end of February.

Non-pay savings of €81.1m were reported for the first year of the agreement.

Civil Service and State Agency Sectors

1,000 staff moved from the HSE to the Department of Social Protection, while 700 staff moved from FAS.

42 of 58 offices in the Department of Agriculture have closed.

Courts Service has reduced the number of smaller court venues.

Up to September, the OPW achieved rental savings of more than €10m and sold property assets for in excess of €5m.

Defence Sector

Redeployment of more than 1,250 military personnel.

Retention pay for pilots stopped, saving €600,000.

An Garda SIochana

New roster system for first time in 30 years.

Cut of 925 in garda numbers.

Sunday Independent

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