Saturday 25 November 2017

FAS offers staff holidays as a swap for 44-day perk

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

FAS will offer staff more holidays if they sacrifice a pre-retirement perk of up to 44 extra days off a year.

It will offer additional annual leave at a Labour Court hearing today in an attempt to abolish the controversial entitlement.

But SIPTU is likely to reject the offer.

It is understood that the FAS proposal may only be a once-off offer, so staff may only get the extra annual leave over a set timeframe rather than every year for the rest of their careers.

Last night, FAS said up to 100 staff currently enjoy pre-retirement leave. The entitlement means they can get up to 70 days off in each of the two years before they depart.

This is because the staff, who must have more than 10 years' service, get up to 44 days' pre-retirement leave on full pay on top of 26 days' annual leave.

There was outrage among politicians and business groups last month when the Irish Independent revealed that staff were battling to hold on to the bonus days.

Irish Independent

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