Ireland -Court orders longer working hours for council staff -September 10, 2012

The labour court rules that the working week in local authorities will be increased to at least 34 hours for current personnel and 35 for newly hired or promoted staff. Local authorities announced their intentions to up working hours earlier this year but were taken to court by trade unions, who argued this would constitute a de facto wage cut, which is precluded under the Croke Park agreement. The ruling will affect over 5,000 employees in clerical, administrative, engineering, technical and related grades. They will see their working time increase by between 15 and 65 minutes a week – or between 3 and 13 minutes a day – depending on their current hours.

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