'Surplus' to requirements
THE instruction to heads of departments to identify officials considered to be "surplus" is a sign that the government intends to get value from the Croke Park agreement. And the response of the civil servants will be a measure of their will to cooperate.
The unions have agreed to implement extensive reforms in work practices throughout the public service in return for a Government commitment that there will be no further cuts in public service pay until at least 2014. Now we are seeing the first test of the agreement.
The Department of Finance has set out a scheme to move workers to other services as some are axed or merged. Extensive redeployment is likely.