Plan to pay firefighters 'per minute' thrown out
A NEW attempt to standardise the work practices of public sector workers has failed.
A bid by local government management to get the country's more than 2,000 on-call firefighters to work on a "pay per minute" basis has been rejected.
The Labour Court has thrown out the proposal that they are paid for the exact amount of time they work -- down to the minute.
It was tabled by management in an effort to introduce a uniform system of calculating part-time firefighters' pay across the local authorities.
The plan is among a host of proposals to standardise work practices in the state sector to bring in savings and ensure better public services.
Rates paid to staff at six of the local authorities are calculated to the nearest minute, but they are calculated to the nearest 15 minutes at 10 authorities, to the nearest half-hour at four authorities and to the nearest hour at another four authorities.