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Youth Committee events news
by Niall Shanahan

Forsa's Youth Committee has not one, but two events coming up.

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BLOG: When the man with a van is his very own man
by Bernard Harbor
We used to joke that my younger brother Kevin was from the Dutch side of the family. We were Harbors and he was a Van Driver. Geddit?
 
Anyway, he drove a van for a living and one day, much to our surprise, Kevin announced that he was now self-employed.
 
In our late-1980s working class circle, this seemingly entrepreneurial break from the world of employment was as unusual as it was unexpected.
 
Except it wasn’t what it seemed.
 
What had happened was this. One morning, Kevin’s boss told him he was now self-employed. He could rent the van and would do his deliveries as before. Only now he was a contractor, not an employee. And he’d have to sort out his own tax and insurance.
 
They privatised the buses around the same time. That’s another story but, like Kevin’s newfound small businessman status, back then it seemed as inexplicable as it was unsettling.
 
Sure enough, a short while later the ‘contracts’ from (though not the van repayments to) Kevin’s former boss thinned out. Then they disappeared. No redeployment. No holiday pay. No redundancy. No responsibilities.
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Action on new entrants must be fast-tracked
by Bernard Harbor
 

Fórsa has called on the Government to allocate funds in October’s Budget to begin shortening pay scales for public service ‘new entrants’ next year. This would be earlier than originally envisaged in the current public sector pay deal, the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA).

 

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Over 80% of civil servants experience problems with centralised pay and leave system
by Bernard Harbor
 

Delegates to Fórsa’s Civil Service Division conference which took place in Killarney last week, called for a review of a centralised HR shared services system, commonly known as ‘PeoplePoint,’ after a union study showed that 83% of civil servants surveyed had experienced problems with it.

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Fórsa to keep working time on negotiating agenda
by Niall Shanahan
 

Reductions in working time, including the objective of returning public servants to their pre-crisis hours, should be among the priorities in talks on a successor to the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) according to Fórsa

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Pay flexibility sought to resolve civil service staff shortages
by Bernard Harbor
 

The civil service is struggling to recruit staff in many areas because salaries are not keeping pace with those available in comparable private sector jobs, according to Fórsa.

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14,000 carers to benefit from free GP care
by Niall Shanahan
 

The Department of Health is to draft legislation to allow 14,000 carers to benefit from free GP care. The legislation is to provide in law for eligibility for GP services without charge to be extended to all those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit.

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Fórsa audio bulletin episode 6
by Hazel Gavigan (audio editor)

A special episode focusing on Fórsa's first ever services and enterprises and civil servcie divisional conferences. Starting with the services and enterprises division on the 12th and 13th of April and then the civil service division on the 18th and 19th, we cover some of the main motions discussed over the four days. Presented by Hazel Gavigan and Diarmaid Mac A Bhaird.

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