Voluntary redundancies target health, VECs and agriculture

Tuesday 29th January 2013

The cabinet has approved up to 2,000 ‘targeted’ voluntary redundancies in parts of the health, education and agriculture sectors. This is the first move to implement the scheme outlined by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) Brendan Howlin last November.

Mr Howlin said the move was designed to “to accelerate the reduction in public service numbers in order to achieve the previous end-2015 target of 282,500 by end-2014.” He said some posts had been “identified as surplus” in the Department of Agriculture and specific parts of the health and education sectors.

Staff who take voluntary redundancy will receive statutory redundancy and an ex gratia package worth three weeks pay per year of service, subject to the total statutory redundancy, and the ex gratia payment not exceeding two years’ pay, or half of the salary payable to pension age, whichever is less. You can read details of the package HERE

The bulk of the 2,000 approved exits will be in the health sector. IMPACT has so far received no details of which posts have been targeted, although the DPER said the scheme would target “back office and support areas and management and administrative grades.” Press reports suggested that the education exits are linked to the recent closures of VEC crèches.

The minister again stressed that there is no automatic right to redundancy but said the scheme could be rolled out to other areas of the public service “if deemed appropriate.”