Sunday 19 November 2017

Civil servants also want rent allowance - and a 6.57-hour day

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Anne-Marie Walsh

Civil servants now want the €4,655 rent allowance that is paid to gardaí. Gardaí get the rent allowance regardless of whether they pay rent. They recently got a €500 increase in the payment and it was incorporated into their basic pay after they threatened to go on strike.

A motion tabled by the social protection branch of the Public Service Executive Union at its annual conference, opening today, asks the executive committee to seek the payment for civil servants.

Meanwhile, other groups among the mid-ranking civil servants have put forward motions that reveal they are feeling the pressure of housing costs.

The Revenue Group also wants the Government to review its decentralisation programme "in the light of the lack of affordable housing" and traffic congestion in Dublin.

It will ask delegates at the conference to call an independent group to "examine the merits or otherwise of a planned, rational and cost-effective decentralisation programme".

The civil servants also want a working day of 6.57 hours restored. They currently work 7.24 hours.

Irish Independent

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