Thursday 23 February 2017

Many civil servants put job above perks

The half-hour "bank-time" perk, no longer granted to civil servants, is still getting column inches.

Last summer, I was lucky enough to secure temporary employment in a city centre social welfare public office. During my 13 weeks there, I arrived well before the official start time of 9am. I rarely took morning tea breaks and my lunch break seldom exceeded 30 minutes. Some days, I would remain at my desk until after 6pm.

I am not some kind of hero. The pattern I have described was the same as that followed by the overwhelming majority of staff in that office. I'm sure my ex-colleagues are quite dispirited whenever they are castigated in the media about the infamous half-hour 'perk', especially as they regularly exceed their hours with no recompense.

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