Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

More public sector job cuts sought

Brendan Howlin was criticised when his department failed in its target to save 75 million euro in a slash and burn of public sector pay bonuses

A fresh round of voluntary redundancies is being sought across the public sector, it has emerged.

The Government revealed it agreed last July to accelerate its programme of job cuts, as well as a voluntary redundancy scheme would where staff surpluses are identified.

Public service numbers have already plummeted to 292,000 - from 320,000 in 2008.

Those who apply will receive the terms of the 2010 HSE redundancy scheme - three weeks' pay per year of service, plus two weeks' statutory redundancy, capped at a maximum of two years' pay.

However a closing date or target for job cuts under the new scheme has not yet been set.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform warned there will be no automatic right to redundancy and all applications will be subject to ongoing business needs.

"All areas of the public service will be required to robustly implement the redeployment arrangements set out in the public service agreement," it said.

"Identification of staff surpluses is under way and the Government discussed this today."

Minister Brendan Howlin was criticised last month when he announced his department had failed in its target to save 75 million euro in a slash and burn of public sector pay bonuses.

Only one of 1,100 allowances for existing staff could be scrapped - a 218 euro representational allowance for staff attending European Union meetings.

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