Fórsa’s Local Government Division is recommending acceptance in a ballot on new arrangements for filling admin posts in local authorities. The proposed new arrangement, which would replace the common recruitment pool, would “significantly improve promotion opportunities,” according to the union’s head of local government, Peter Nolan.
The new arrangement, proposed by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), would see 50% of all promotions between grades IV to VII confined to the local authority sector, 20% confined to the employing local authority, and 30% open to public competition.
This compares to existing arrangements where half grade V vacancies are open to public competition.
All members in these grades, who are eligible to compete for promotion, are able to participate in the ballot. The division’s executive committee is strongly recommending that they vote in favour of the WRC proposal.
The union has written to the members concerned. Local Fórsa branches are now conducting ballots, and must send in their results by 11th December. The local results will be aggregated into a national result, which will apply to everyone.
Peter Nolan said: “The revised fields of competition will greatly enhance the career development prospects of our members in local government and regional assemblies. This proposal marks the most radical and progressive development for those seeking promotion in over 50 years, and we urge people to support it,” he said.
The new procedure would incorporate any existing arrangements for the first filling of new posts. Any existing panels in place for clerical and administrative grades lV to Vll at the date of commencement of these new procedures would also be used until they expire.
This proposal follows an industrial action ballot of Fórsa members after the Local Government Management Agency, which represents employers in the sector, said it intended to scrap the common recruitment pool and see promotions filled by open competition.
Get full information about the proposals HERE.