Thursday 19 April 2018

Civil Servants want more annual leave to compensate for increased promotion competition

Tom Geraghty. Picture:
Tom Geraghty. Picture:
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Civil Servants are to lodge a claim for additional annual leave with delegates saying the move would in part compensate them for increased competition for promotion.

The Public Service Executive Union (PSEU) will be seeking additional annual leave for members at Executive Officer level who currently receive 21 to 25 days annual leave.

General Secretary Tom Geraghty said this level was way out of line with the leave entitlements for equivalent grades in local authorities and the HSE.

At the conference in Galway delegates passed a motion recognising the proposed amalgamation of the grades was of grave concern to members. It instructed the Executive Committee to seek some benefit for all existing Executive Officers in the merger.

Some speakers said the Executive Officers deserved the additional leave or additional increments as compensation for the fact that they would soon face greater competition for promotions when 1200 staff officers are amalgamated to their grade.

While the 1,200 staff officers will get automatic promotion to the grade, existing EOs had had to undergo competitions to get the grade.

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