Union warns Govt to reduce public sector working hours or face wage demands

Union warns Govt to reduce public sector working hours or face wage demands

Public sector workers could demand a pay increase of 6% if the Government does not reduce their working hours.

The country's largest public sector union is calling for a mid-term review of their current pay deal and says restoring pre-crisis working hours is essential.

Fórsa claims civil servants now work 75,000 more hours each week than before the Haddington Road Agreement in 2013.

The Government estimates reducing working hours would cost more than €600m a year.

Speaking at Fórsa's conference in Kilkenny this evening, incoming General Secretary Kevin Callinan said if the hours are not reduced, unions could lodge a pay claim.

Mr Callinan said: "If the hours aren't reversed, it's inevitable, it seems to me, that there will be a productivity climb. The hours are worth 6% in rough figures, it varies from group to group.

"For most of our people we are talking in terms of in or around 6%, so that would be on top, that would be like an additional claim that would emerge if we don't find a way to deal with the issue."

More on this topic

Staff shortages leading to increased fire risk in Dublin, according to SIPTUStaff shortages leading to increased fire risk in Dublin, according to SIPTU

Watch: Calls for pay restoration for Section 39 workers discussed in Dail Watch: Calls for pay restoration for Section 39 workers discussed in Dail

Workers earn €273 a week more in public sector, official figures stateWorkers earn €273 a week more in public sector, official figures state

Union leader urges public-sector workers urged to take 'pragmatic approach'Union leader urges public-sector workers urged to take 'pragmatic approach'

More in this Section

The Lotto results are in...The Lotto results are in...

Flight diverts to Shannon with suspected fire on boardFlight diverts to Shannon with suspected fire on board

Irish tug sails over a third of the way to Canada to tow crippled cargo ship to safetyIrish tug sails over a third of the way to Canada to tow crippled cargo ship to safety

Two arrested in connection with murder of Malcolm McKeownTwo arrested in connection with murder of Malcolm McKeown


Lifestyle

These green pancakes are topped with avocado, tomato and cottage cheese.How to make Jamie Oliver’s super spinach pancakes

Who else can pull off a look described as a ‘hip-hop Michelin woman’?As her new EP drops, this is why there will never be a style icon quite like Missy Elliott

The classic white-tipped look is once again in favour, and celebs are loving it.The French manicure is back – 5 modern ways to try the trend

The A-Listers hiding in plain sight: As Rihanna is spotted at the cricket, who are the celebs who have been living under our noses in Ireland? Ed Power reports.Celebs in plain sight: The A-Listers living under our noses in Ireland

More From The Irish Examiner