Union hopeful of payback for lost bank time
Civil servants are hopeful that they will receive compensation for the loss of their banking time in the coming months.
Eoin Ronayne of the Civil and Public Services Union (CPSU) said that his organisation initially lodged a submission in relation to this issue more than two-and-a-half years ago, but it had been recently indicated that their case would be dealt with by the Civil Servants Arbitration Board as "quickly as possible".
The union, which represented more than 13,000 predominantly lower-paid civil servants in the recent Lansdowne Road pay talks, said it had yet to receive a date for its hearing, but it was hoping it might be dealt with this month or by September at the latest.
The union's members are seeking compensation for the loss of their "banking time", which granted most civil servants 30 minutes on a Friday to lodge their pay cheque.
This allowance, which was first introduced in the 1970s, was abolished in 2010 as part of the Croke Park Agreement as most workers were at this time being paid electronically.
Mr Ronayne last night said the CPSU had been told that management would "do it as quickly as possible".
"They have agreed they won't delay it any further, but we haven't got a date," the CPSU general secretary said. He said the union was hoping to get a "once-off" compensation deal of four-and-a-half days for workers.
"The arbitration board then sits down and calculates what have you lost, so there is a formula then of 1.5 times the loss.
"So we estimate bank time to be worth about three days accumulated over a year," he added.
"And we feel that because we were blind-sided if you like by the outcome of the arbitration hearing for the higher grades took that we should now be compensated."