Fórsa has finally agreed the introduction of vehicle monitoring in Revenue enforcement vehicles after establishing clear conditions for the operation of the system. The conditions include daily reports from the system to highlight any issues to drivers.
The union also made it clear that the technology should solely be used to assist drivers, with health and safety as the priority. Fórsa has advised members to ensure they comply with all health and safety standards, including speed limits and mobile phone use.
National management has agreed to the union’s demand for an early review of the system, which will not be used as a disciplinary tool by local managers.
Fórsa has also agreed to open up Dublin Port co-enforcement posts to interdepartmental competition for the first time. This is a once-off measure, confined to that location and grade, which has arisen because of a shortage of internal revenue candidates. The union has told management this problem suggests a review the €6,000 enforcement allowance is needed to resolve the shortage of candidates.
Meanwhile, discussions on executive officer appointments are continuing with a view to ensuring that agreed sequences of direct recruitment apply, including in locations like Nenagh. Discussions on the PAYE modernisation project, scheduled to take place last week, were deferred by the inclement weather.
The union has also met members in Sarsfield House to address concerns over an air quality report in part of the building. Fórsa has agreed to seek an independent review of the report and is following up on individual cases where health has suffered.