Local Authorities News 2012
The Irish Water Consultative Group (IWCG), which is composed of unions and employers, continues its schedule of work in relation to the transfer of water provision activities from the local authorities to Bord Gáis. All industrial relations matters are conducted through the IWCG, and the group is independently chaired by Kevin Foley of the Labour Relations Commission.
IMPACT is to carry out a series of consultative meetings with motor tax staff who work in driver licensing over the coming weeks. The meetings will inform the union’s continuing approach to Government plans to transfer local authority responsibility for motor tax to the Road Safety Authority.
Existing local authority water staff will remain employees of their local authorities at least until 2017 under arrangements negotiated by IMPACT and other unions. They will be seconded to Irish Water, the new national authority being established by the Government to manage water services.
IMPACT is to call information meetings for motor tax staff working on driver licensing because talks on Government’s plans to transfer the service from local authorities to the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have so far failed to reach agreement.
The Labour Court today ruled that a minimum 34-hour full-time working week will be introduced for certain local authority grades from March 2013. The binding ruling curtails management proposals for an immediate move to a 35-hour week, but will see over 5,000 staff working some additional time from next year.
Local authority staff delivered total payroll and non-pay savings of almost €120 million in the second year of the Croke Park agreement, a figure expected to rise to almost €133 million a year when non-payroll initiatives are fully implemented. Some €15 million of €88 million in payroll savings came from reductions in overtime and allowances and the use of shorter working weeks and term-time arrangements.