Howlin's reform tardiness
While the private sector is gradually emerging from the economic downturn, things aren't going quite so well in the public sector. Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin's apparent tardiness in standardising public sector leave entitlements and working conditions does not bode well for the reforms which were promised in last March's Programme for Government.
As we reveal in today's paper, Mr Howlin refused to answer a series of questions submitted to him by the Irish Independent. The best that Mr Howlin's department could manage by way of a response was: "It will happen when it will happen."
The reality is that Mr Howlin's efforts to rationalise leave and working conditions have hit a brick wall, with many public sector workers still entitled to more than 30 days' leave a year, with some working less than seven hours a day while wage rates for the same job can vary widely from one public sector employer to another.